The Jefferson County Freedmen's Contracts

Below are photographs of people and scenes from Jefferson County plantations during the era when sharecropping and tenant farming were prevalent, roughly from the end of the Civil War to the 1950s. Many of these photographs were taken long after the contracts in this collection were written, but the methods and tools used by Florida sharecroppers and tenant farmers changed very little over the years. The identities of individuals in the photographs are indicated when they are known.