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Petersburg (Jefferson County, KY)

Located on Shepherdsville Road in Louisville, KY, the community was known as Wet Woods, a swampy area that was settled by Eliza Curtis Hundley Tevis in the 1820s, 1830s, or possibly the 1850s. Tevis had been a slave on the Hundley Plantation, and after she was freed she was the first to purchase land in what would become Petersburg. The community got its name from Peter Laws, who purchased land in Wet Woods and settled in the area at the end of the Civil War. Soon afterwards other freed slaves built homes in the area. In the 1830s, German immigrants had settled in Newburg, the community just south of Petersburg. Over time the entire area became known as Newburg, and with residential and commercial growth and urban renewal, the community was greatly expanded to include more than 3,000 African American residents. For more see E. Sheryl, "19th Century Louisville: Free Black Hamlets," The Courier-Journal, 05/19/2004, Neighborhoods section, p.01A; and Eliza Curtis Hundley Tevis entry in the Encyclopedia of Louisville, edited by J. E. Kleber.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Tevis, Elizabeth C. H.
NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Encyclopedia of Louisville

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NKAA Entry:  Shrader, Mildred
NKAA Entry:  Tevis, Elizabeth C. H.

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“Petersburg (Jefferson County, KY),” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 25, 2020,

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