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This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University; 270-745-6434;


Finding aid and full text scans of letter and typescripts for Manuscripts Small Collection 134. 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.


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SC 134 EDDINGTON, Rachel.pdf (1949 kB)
Rachel Eddington Letters, 1857-1863



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