This Week in Reconstruction, May 8-15, 1867

Many disturbances and incidents have broken out between freedmen and policemen this week. Though they often begin as small occurrences, they can frequently become mob scenes. Freedmen demand that the police release the black men arrested during each incident, prompting the protesters to throw bricks at the officers. Many are injured as black people fight the police and gunfire breaks out. Mayor Mayo has announced that everyone must follow the law regardless of race and that he will hold everyone to the same standard. He declares that "he intended to do justice to all men, and that in this respect he did not doubt but that he was more the friend of the colored people than any one in the court-room." However, black Richmonders do not think the police are following the same standards.

Contributed By

Stacey Dec