The Resource Located in oversize box 66

Located in oversize box 66

Label
1897 May 18
Inclusive dates
1897 May 18
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Language
eng
Summary
Charter, 18 May 1897, for a branch of the Ex-Slave Mutual Relief Bounty and Pension Association of America in Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia. Also lists branch officers and is signed by the home office president, secretary, and general manager
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Biographical or historical data
In the late 1890's the idea of compensating ex-slaves gained some currency when a number of organizations emerged to aid in the procurement of pensions for the freedmen. The Ex-Slave Mutual Relief Bounty and Pension Association of America was perhaps the most sophisticated group of them all. I.H. Dickerson is reported to have organized the association in 1897 in Nashville, Tennessee. He stated the objective of the group was to unite the ex-slaves and their friends in petitioning the United States Congress to pass the Mason Bill and also to help garner mutual assistance for all its members in good standing. This parent organization chartered several other groups throughout the south. One of these was the branch in Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia. Ultimately, the United States Government pursued many of these individuals and groups including Dickerson and the Ex-Slave Mutual Relief Bounty and Pension Association on the grounds of obtaining money under false pretense and mail fraud. A series of trials resulted, and they lasted until the late 1910's when the conviction and imprisonment of people, and the cessation of ex-slave pension bills curtailed activity. By the post-World War I era, the pension movement had come to an end.
Cataloging source
Vi
Form designation
Charter
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Located in oversize box 66
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Located in oversize box 66
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
1
Immediate source of acquisition
Smith, George
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
000500135
Type of unit
item.

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