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Re: [IL] 1847 Matson Slave Trial

Thank you for being helpful, but that is not the link to the cemetery for the Brushy Fork African American Community in my posted message. The link you've posted is to a cemetery in Saline County, Illinois.

Brushy Fork, the one of which I'm writing, was in Coles County, Illinois. Named for Edward Coles, the second governor of Illinois, who bought land in Illinois and brought over 100 slaves from Virginia to Illinois and, upon his arrival in the state, he set his slaves free.

The black settlers who first came to Coles County came from Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The cemetery for the folks of Brushy Fork, in Coles County, Illinois, of which I write, is known as the Negro Cemetery. Parts of Coles County is now Douglas County. The small town of Oakland, Illinois where the reenactment will take place was known as Independence, Illinois in 1847.

Ed Adams


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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