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

Estill, Monk

(died: 1835) 

Monk Estill arrived in Kentucky in the 1770s as a slave but was later freed, becoming the first freed slave in Kentucky. He made gunpowder at Boonesborough, KY. His son, Jerry, was the first African American born in Kentucky. For more see the Kentucky Encyclopedia 2000 [electronic version available on the University of Kentucky campus and off campus via the proxy server], and The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. Dunnigan.

Kentucky County & Region

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Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Boonesborough, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Dunnigan, Alice A.
NKAA Source: The Kentucky encyclopedia (online full text)
NKAA Source: Fascinating story of Black Kentuckians : their heritage and traditions

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  Estill County (KY) Enslaved, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

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“Estill, Monk,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed December 7, 2022,

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