A Dream Postponed

A Dream Postponed (HM1YC5)

Location: Franklin, TN 37064 Williamson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 54.345', W 86° 51.615'

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The Struggle of Freed People in Williamson County

To assist the newly freed with court cases, education, and housing, Congress formed the Freedmen's Bureau in 1865. An additional goal of the Bureau was to help create labor contracts between white landowners and the formerly enslaved. In October 1865, contract negotiations began for residents in Williamson County. The results were disappointing.

Workers were usually paid in food and shelter. Some received small monthly or yearly cash payments. Laborers who left the area before the contract was over or were sick during planting or harvest time were often given harsh penalties, including the loss of any pay. In addition, the cost of medical care and blacksmith fees were mainly placed upon the laborer.

The workday was sunrise to sunset. Most contracts allowed half of Saturdays off and all Sunday except for the feeding of livestock or spring planting and fall harvest when the work was essential continuous. Many contracts restricted an African American's right to travel or receive visitors.
HM NumberHM1YC5
Placed ByFranklin's Charge
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Date Added Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 512610 N 3973503
Decimal Degrees35.90575000, -86.86025000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 54.345', W 86° 51.615'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 54' 20.7" N, 86° 51' 36.9" W
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Area Code(s)615
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin TN 37064, US
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