Halls Hill Va August 4th 1865.
Dear Sir: On Tuesday August 1st 1865, the Colored People of Halls Hill and vicinity, (near Camp Rucker, & Falls Church) Va– celebrated West India Emancipation, and American Emancipation.
During the business part of the celebration, the Rev Jacob Ross,
(colored) of Georgetown– was chairman, and the following
resolutions were unanimously adopted:–
1. “We feel it to be very important that we obtain HOMES–owning our shelters, and the ground, that we may raise fruit trees, concerning which our children can say–“These are ours”; also: that we may regularly and perseveringly educate our children, having our own school house in a central location, and also maintain public worship, and a Sabbath School, so that we may be an established and growing people, and be respected, and recognized by all loyal people, as welcome and efficient citizens of these United States–which is now our Country–made emphatically so by the blood of our brethren recently shed to save our Country.”
2 Resolved: That we appoint a Committee of seven to visit the Freedmens Bureau, and enquire–Can the Bureau give us any aid, or advice, in regard to obtaining Homes in this vicinity, or elsewhere?”
The Committee of seven consists of–
(1) George Rummels,
(2) Charles Jackson,
(3) Sandy Parker,
(4) Charles Johnson,
(5) Samuel Smith,
(6) Henry C Wilson,
and (7) Isaac Peyton.
This Committee are bearers of this document.
I trust that they will receive such a response as may much encourage them, and those whom they represent. Yours for the Freedmen–
Joseph R. Johnson,
Published in Land and Labor, 1865, pp. 699–70.