Petition of the Norfolk County Court to Col. Thomas F. Jackson, Norfolk
African Americans, race relations
In November 1865, the Norfolk County Court petitioned the officer of the Freedmen's Bureau in Norfolk to take away the firearms belonging to African Americans. Local white residents had complained complained about African Americans "in the habit of bearing arms," whom they described as "prowling about during the hours of the night, plundering property and engaging in other unlawful acts prejudicial to the good order and interests of Society."
Norfolk County Court
Norfolk County Court Correspondence with the U.S. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1866, Norfolk County Court Records, Local Government Records Collection, Library of Virginia
November 23, 1865
Library of Virginia
Norfolk County, Virginia