There were opponents who objected to bringing "Orientals" to the South because "coolies" would
, be slaves. However, the proposal to bring in effect, 1,000 Chinese involved contractual labor rather than indentured service. as many as
The Chinese who came did not work out well as field
Other Chinese came in 1869 to work on a railroad between Memphis and Covington, Kentucky. It is possible that some of these Chinese settled in towns throughout the South where they opened grocery stores and hand laundries.