Joseph E. Farrar was a Richmond builder and civic leader in
the decades after the American Civil
War (1861–1865). Farrar was born free and held a respected position as a
contractor before the abolition of
slavery, but he needed a gubernatorial pardon to escape being sold into slavery after being convicted of
receiving stolen property. He began his civic involvement less than a month
after the fall of Richmond, helping organize the Colored Men's Equal. . .
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