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

Elizabethtown (KY) Emancipation Day

The 1882 celebration held in Elizabethtown, KY, was joined by African Americans from southern Illinois. The event is noted as the first recorded Emancipation celebration for southern Illinois. For more see S. K. Cha-Jua, America's first Black town: Brooklyn, Illinois, 1830-1915, p. 104.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Hardin County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Elizabethtown, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


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NKAA Source: America's first Black town: Brooklyn, Illinois 1830-1915

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“Elizabethtown (KY) Emancipation Day,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed August 14, 2020,

Last modified: 2020-05-17 02:01:27