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Agreement for the labor of an enslaved man hired out to work on the railroad
Original Author: Virginia Central Railroad Company
Created: 1852
Medium: Legal document

Railroad Hiring an Enslaved Man

This bond states that the Virginia Central Railroad Company will pay Robert King of Albemarle (County) $100 on January 1, 1853, for the enforced labor of Harry, a man enslaved by King. According to the agreement, the enslaved man would be "returned well clothed in the usual way, and with a Hat and Blanket" after completing his year-long work on the railroad in 1852. The bond was signed by Edmund Fontaine, the long-serving president of the Virginia Central Railroad Company.

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