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

Carlisle County (KY) Free Blacks and Free Mulattoes, 1900-1920

Carlisle County, formed in 1886 from portions of Ballard County, is located in far western Kentucky, bordered by four Kentucky counties and the Mississippi River. The county is named for John G. Carlisle, who was Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and a Kentucky House Member, Senator, and Lieutenant Governor. The county seat of Carlisle County is Bardwell, founded in 1874.

In 1900, the county population was 10,213 and decreased to 8,232 by 1920. Below are the numbers for the African American population.

1900 U.S. Federal Census
  • 645 Blacks
  • 1 Mulatto
1910 U.S. Federal Census
  • 301 Blacks
  • 105 Mulattoes
1920 U.S. Federal Census
  • 239 Blacks
  • 72 Mulattoes
  • There were 45 WWI draft registration cards by Blacks, and 2 Coloreds, in Carlisle County, KY.
For more see The Kentucky Encyclopedia, edited by J. E. Kleber; and A History of Carlisle County, Kentucky for the Years 1820-1900.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Carlisle County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Bardwell, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: The Kentucky encyclopedia
NKAA Source: A History of Carlisle County, Kentucky for the years, 1820-1900 : celebrating America's Bicentennial, 1776-1976

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“Carlisle County (KY) Free Blacks and Free Mulattoes, 1900-1920,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 26, 2022,

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