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

Board, Sally [Petersburg, Kentucky]

(born: 1805  -  died: 1892) 

Sally Board was born in Fort Harrod, KY; her mother was an enslaved woman who had been purchased (or loaned) in 1790 to care for widower Phillip Board's children. A few years later Sally was born; Phillip Board was her father and owner.

By 1810, Sally's mother was no longer at the Board farm, but Sally remained. As an adult, she married an enslaved man named Peter, and his name became Peter Board. Land that Sally either purchased or received from her father was developed into a small African American community called Petersburg.

Sally was eventually freed, and she then purchased her husband's freedom. Their children, however, remained enslaved until after the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment.

In 1878 at age 72, Sally and the whole community of Petersburg moved to the new territory and settled in Morton City [Jetmore today], Hodgeman County, KS, abandoning Petersburg. Today Petersburg is part of the Kentucky community know as Nevada.

For more information about Sally, the Board family, and other Exodusters, including the family of Eliza Broadnax Bradshaw, see "Exoduster" Sally Board, an American Heritage: from Kentucky Slavery to a Kansas Homestead, 1805-1892, by R. O. Pleasant & J. P. Neill. [Ray Pleasant is an African American and John Neill is White; they are cousins, both descendants of Phillip Board.]

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