Albert R. Brooks was a Richmond businessman who thrived
before the American Civil War
(1861–1865) despite his enslavement.
In the antebellum
years Brooks took advantage of the common though illegal practice of earning wages for his work,
which he then invested in an eating house and a prosperous hack and livery stable.
Between 1862 and 1865 Brooks managed to purchase his freedom, his wife's, and that of most of their
children. After the w. . .
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