Discover your family's story.

Enter a grandparent's name to get started.

a state:
Start Now

The Freedmen's Bureau Online

Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Tennessee
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1869
National Archives Microfilm Publication M999, roll 34
"Reports of Outrages, Riots and Murders, Jan. 15, 1866 - Aug. 12, 1868"

Affidavits regarding the 1866 Memphis Riot

Before me personally appeared the undersigned Robert R. Church and being duly sworn deposes as follows.

My name is Robert R. Church I live at 132 Monroe Street, keep a Saloon on Desoto St. On the 2" of May 1866 a number of persons jumped on a colored man near my place and abused him very badly. He ran into the Saloon - they followed him and said "close the door" but in the place of closing the door they commenced shooting - one shot took effect in my arm and one in my neck - they then drank all the whiskey they wanted and took a lot of cigars, I do not know how many, also some money. Two of the Policemen were named Dave Roach and Shelby.

On May 1st 1866 I saw Policeman No. 144 strike a colored man with a revolver, knocked him down beat him unmerciful. This man Dave Roach (Policeman) was along but did not offer to interfere. Loss $750.00.

Robert (X) Church

Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 7" day of May 1866.

M. Walsh
Capt. and A. A. A. G. & P. M. F.