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

Brown, Clara

(born: 1803  -  died: 1885) 

Clara Brown was born in Virginia. She and her three children were sold separately, and Clara was brought to Kentucky. She purchased her freedom in 1858 and moved to Missouri before moving on to Colorado, where she became involved in several business ventures, including opening a laundry and investing in mines. Brown profited from her investments and returned to the east to bring 34 of her relatives out west. Much later she was able to find only one of her children. For more see The Book of African American Women: 150 Crusaders, Creators, and Uplifters, by T. Bolden.

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NKAA Source: Book of African-American women : 150 crusaders, creators, and uplifters

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“Brown, Clara,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 28, 2022,

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