1865 Mississippi Plantation Freedmen Contract
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1865 Mississippi Plantation Freedmen Contract. 28 Freedmen listed by name, age, sex and their signature "X" marks. In addition, all of the children of Freedmen are listed by name. Filed with the Jefferson County Freedmen Office August 28th 1865. $45 in taxes paid for 15 laborers (only Freedman laborers under the age of 50 were taxable). 2 pages (11 1/2" X 7 7/8")written on both sides. Professionally framed. Frame measures 29.5" X14.25" Transcribed......... "Contract with Freedmen on 'Plains Plantation' We the undersigned laborers on the Plantation known as 'Plains' and belonging to the heirs of B. D. Benson deceased, for in consideration of just treatment, comfortable living wholesome food and medical attention, bind ourselves laborers for the balance of the year on said plantation from sun to sun of each day, Sundays excluded unless in the judgment of the manager, the condition of the crop may be such as to enable him to give us the part or whole of Saturday, or any other day and for the further consideration of one fourth of the net proceeds of the cotton grown on this plantation this year, to be fairly and justly distributed among us. We furthermore bind ourselves obedient respectful to the manager under a forfeiture of any claim to the growing crop and banishment from the plantation. Subscribed to this 8th day of June 1865"
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