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

Freetown, Kentucky

Located on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, around 1846 it became the first African American community in Monroe County, KY. The community members were the freed slaves of William Howard, who gave them 400 acres to build homes. Albert Martin gave the land for the church, which was also built in 1846. For more see Mount Vernon AME Church in African American Historic Places by B. L. Savage and C. D. Shull.


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NKAA Source: African American historic places

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NKAA Entry:  Monroe County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870
NKAA Entry:  African American Schools in Monroe County, KY

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“Freetown, Kentucky,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed October 26, 2020,

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