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Reconstruction

Restoration and Renewal

This exhibit will discuss the Reconstruction Era in Texas.
Congress established The Freedmen's Bureau to provide relief to the newly freed Blacks and the poor throughout the South devastated by the Civil War. Soldiers were used to enforce emancipation orders and to restore order.
The exhibit follows the change in government throughout reconstruction and how it impacted newly freed Blacks.
This exhibit will follow the increased immigration to Texas by Blacks and Whites during this time and its causes.
This exhibit will highlight the activities of Blacks during this time: some running for office, purchasing lands, and creating independent lives for the first time.