Papers (1815-1866) including a promissory note, receipts, and a letter from the Freedman's Bureau relating to the payment of wages to Sophia Dunford, a freedwoman. 8 items.
The most significant item in the collection is a letter from the Headquarters, Freedmen's Bureau, Subdivision of Tarboro, Rocky Mount, N.C., sent to Enos Harrell and dated January 14, 1866. The letter charges that Harrell failed to pay proper wages to Sophia Dunford, a Black woman formerly enslaved by Harrell. The Freedmen's Bureau, an important factor in the work of Reconstruction in the South, was charged with, among other things, the settlement of disputes between white former enslavers and freed Black people.
Also included, in addition to receipts (1815-1847), is a promissory note which reflects the hiring of Sophia Dunford in 1855. The note was payable to Luinda Dunfred.
Gift of Mr. Alexander B. Andrews
Processed by D. Lennon, May 1968
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Descriptions updated by Jennifer Overstreet, July 2020
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