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[GA] Americus- Freedmen's Bank Records as Art

Art of genealogy takes form in bank records of freed slaves
Genie Collins


The art of genealogy has come to life for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in Americus in an unlikely form — bank records.

Willie Cooper is a member of the local LDS church, and he has recently uncovered the records of the Freedman’s Bank — a bank that was in existence from 1865-1874 for the purpose of giving free slaves the opportunity to deposit and save their money.

“African Americans can use these bank records as a tool to find their ancestors prior to 1870,” Cooper explained.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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