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

Bill (slave)

(born: 1779  -  died: 1791) 

Bill, a 12 year-old slave, was one of the first teens and the youngest teen to be executed in Kentucky; he was hanged for murder July 30, 1791, in Woodford County, KY. According to author Adalberto Aguirre, there were 1,161 slaves executed in the U.S. between the 1790s and 1850s, and 51 of the executions took place in Kentucky. For more see A. Aguirre, Jr., "Slave executions in the United States," The Social Science Journal, vol.36, issue 1 (1999), pp.1-31.


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