From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Walton, Kentucky

According to the prior history page that was on the Walton, KY, website, a small African American community was developed by former slaves in North Walton after the Civil War, and the community founded the Mount Zion Baptist Church in 1872. The first African American school is said to have been established in a building behind the church [source: Boone County entry on p.7 in The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky edited by P. A. Tenkotte and J. C. Claypool]. The Steele and Ingram families are mentioned as long-time residents of the community. Walton is located in Boone County in Northern Kentucky. For more information contact the City of Walton about the Walton, Kentucky, history page, 1850s-1890s.

Walton is also the nearby location where the lynching of several African American men took place. An accounting of the murders can be found in the newspaper article by Mark Curnutte, "Confederate anger, geography led to 8 lynchings in Boone County in 1870s and 1880s," Cincinnati Enquirer, 04/30/2018 (online). 

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NKAA Source: The Encyclopedia of northern Kentucky

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“Walton, Kentucky,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed October 28, 2020,

Last modified: 2020-06-11 12:53:32