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

Chambers, Greenberry and Charlotte

Greenberry Chambers, from Barren County, KY, is a former enslaved man recognized as the first permanent settler of Blaine Township in Minnesota. Chambers was a fugitive slave in 1864 when he joined Company H of the 15th U.S. Colored Infantry.

After the Civil War, Chambers gathered his wife Charlotte and their five children and moved to Minnesota, where he purchased 160 acres of land thought to be totally useless. The family farmed the land for almost a decade before moving to St. Paul, MN.

Charlotte Chambers died in 1884 and Greenberry in 1898.

For more about the Chambers family see Circle Pines & Lexington, Minnesotaby S. Lee; History of Upper Mississippi Valley, by N. H. Winchell, et al.; and "The Story of Green Chambers" at the City of Blaine website.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Barren County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Outside Kentucky Place Name


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Circle Pines & Lexington, Minnesota: history of the 1800s to 2000
NKAA Source: History of the upper Mississippi Valley: containing the geology of the upper Mississippi and Saint Louis valleys.

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“Chambers, Greenberry and Charlotte,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 28, 2022,

Last modified: 2022-05-27 18:06:25