Article of Agreement between William D. Floyd and Susan Burnett, Fannie Burnett, Betsy Burnett, Julia Burnett, Dick Burnett, and Ellen Burnett
African Americans, labor, race relations
This November 1865 contract between William D. Floyd, of Lunenburg County, and six members of the Burnett family is a fairly typical agreement by which a landowner allowed workers to farm his land in exchange of a share of the crop that the workers produced. It contains a penalty clause if Floyd or any of the workers failed to fulfill his or her part of the agreement. The final provision of the contract allowed the parties to appeal to the Freedmen's Bureau to annul the labor contract. Many such contracts contained similar language, indicating that agents of the bureau often took part in negotiating labor agreements.
William D. Floyd
Lunenburg County Freedmen's Contracts, 1865-1866, Lunenburg County Court Records, Local Government Records Collection, Library of Virginia.
November 28, 1865
Library of Virginia
Printed form and manuscript
Lunenburg County, Virginia