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 Decade: 1860-1869
[Freedmens First Vote - Anderson County Courthouse]

[Freedmens First Vote - Anderson County Courthouse]

Date: 1869
Creator: unknown
Description: This photo shows the military presence protecting African American's when they came to the Anderson County courthouse to vote for the first time in 1869.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Freedmens First Vote - Palestine, Texas]

[Freedmens First Vote - Palestine, Texas]

Date: c. 1866
Creator: unknown
Description: This is a photo of the first Anderson County Courthouse the day of the Freedmen's First Vote. Notice the voters' horses tied to the railing and the Union guards watching over them to prevent opposition from taking or harming them.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
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