Favorable Bureau Reports from Virginia

June 6, 1866


The Freedmen's Bureau of Virginia reports that more freedmen are finding employment, ill treatment towards blacks is decreasing, and perpetrators are being actively pursued and punished. White Southerners disagree with the Bureau's ability to punish those who mistreat blacks; they think courts of justice should handle these offenders.


The Bureau has recently received several highly encouraging reports from its superintendents in Virginia, which go to show that the entire working freed population in that State is industriously engaged at labor, receiving fair compensation. But few cases of ill treatment have been reported, and these had been fully investigated and the perpetrator punished.
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