The passages describe the lives and contributions of three freedmen of the Rapier family. John H. Rapier, Jr., was a physician at the Freedmen's Hospital in Washington, D.C. John H. Rapier, Sr., a barber in Florence, Alabama, served as a voter...
In the letter the men explain that "the white people of this city & county feel that they have no fair showing" in the upcoming election. They ask Hatchell to consider removing William Hurter from his post as chief registrar in the city because of...
In the letter the men discuss the murder of a freedman, who had been appointed a registrar in the county. They have been unable to find the young man who shot him, and tension is building: "The excitement occasioned by the outrage of yesterday was...
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