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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 Mandy Wilburn and being duly sworn deposes as follows. My name is Mandy Wilburn I live in the city of Memphis, Tenn. On the night of the 2nd of May 1866 Fred Hyman (white) and a party of men came to my house occupied by myself and husband Edward Wilburn, broke in the door, came in and search the house and abused me very badly. The house next to ours had been set on fire and from it ours caught. It was on fire when they came in. My husband (Edward Wilburn) went out to try and put it out and they shot and wounded him in the side, they took from us $37.00 in money. The house and all the contents in it burned up, loss would amount to $300.00.

Mandy (X) Wilburn

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 10th day of May 1866.
(signed) M. Walsh
Capt. & A. A. A. G.
& P. M. Freedmen