Act to Establish Freedmen's Bureau (page 1)

American Missionary Association

Amistad Research Center

Amistad Research Center
New Orleans, United States

This is a copy of the act of Congress establishing the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, which was ratified on March 3, 1865. The second page of this document describes a provision for the Freedmen’s Bureau Commissioner to dedicate abandoned or otherwise confiscated tracts of land in “insurrectionary States” to be parceled out to freedmen in quantities up to forty acres. Such parceling of land never materialized, however.


  • Title: Act to Establish Freedmen's Bureau (page 1)
  • Creator: American Missionary Association
  • Type: document
  • Rights: Physical rights are retained by the Amistad Research Center. The materials in this exhibition are being made available for personal and scholarly research use only. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws. If you are the rightful copyright holder of an item represented in this exhibition and wishes to have it removed, please submit a request to reference@amistadresearchcenter.org including proof of ownership and clear identification of the work.
  • Repository: Amistad Research Center
  • Date: 03-01-1865
  • Collection: American Missionary Association Archives

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