Publication Date

2-4-2011

Comments

This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University; 270-745-6434; mssfa@wku.edu

Abstract

Finding aid for Manuscripts Small Collection 134. Nine letters (1857-1863) of a freed slave, Rachel Eddington of Clay Ashland, Liberia, written to Charlotte Belt, her former owner,in Ohio County, Kentucky, Belt’s brother Henry Stevens, and her husband Sandy. She writes of her and her children’s illnesses and the lack of sufficient food, housing and employment in Liberia. Includes Barren County, Kentucky, slave bill of sale (1843) for Sandy; script for a radio drama (1936) based on Rachel’s letters; and correspondence (1936-1947) with the donor of the letters, who was a descendant of Stevens.

Disciplines

History | United States History

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