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Petersburg (Mercer County, KY)

The community, named for Peter Board, was an African American community located near Fort Harrod in what is known today as Nevada, KY. Petersburg was established by Sally and Peter Board, former slaves who were able to purchase their freedom but not their children's freedom. The land for the community came from Sally's father and owner, Phillip Board. In 1878, all of the residents left Petersburg and moved to Kansas, participating in the Exoduster Movement. For more see "Exoduster" Sally Board, an American Heritage: from Kentucky Slavery to a Kansas Homestead, 1805-1892, by R. O. Pleasant & J. P. Neill.


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NKAA Entry: Board, Sally [Petersburg, Kentucky]
NKAA Source: "Exoduster" Sally Board, an American heritage: from Kentucky slavery to a Kansas homestead, 1805-1892

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