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

Ariel/Hall (Camp Nelson, KY)

After the Civil War, the refugee camp at Camp Nelson became the community known as Ariel. The school, Ariel Academy, was founded in 1868 with initial funding support coming from the Freedmen's Bureau and teachers supplied by the American Missionary Association. The school was led by Howard Fee, son of John G. Fee and Gabriel Burdette, a former slave from Garrard County, KY.

The community of Ariel was later named Hall.

For more see History of Hall Community, an Oral History Project of the Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries; and A Utopian Experiment in Kentucky: integration and social equality at Berea, 1866-1904, by R. B. Sears.


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NKAA Entry: Burdett, Gabriel
NKAA Source: A Utopian experiment in Kentucky : integration and social equality at Berea, 1866-1904

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