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[IN] Early Black History

About a year ago, a woman doing research in the library archives in Harrison County, Ind., stumbled upon records from an unusual 1814 lawsuit in which a former slave woman from Kentucky sued a white man for assault and false imprisonment — and, miraculously for the times, prevailed.

No last name is mentioned for Elizabeth, described as “a woman of color formerly of Bullitt County,” but the researcher passed a few documents on to Corydon history buff and preservationist Maxine Brown, who launched a search for more details.

This fall, Elizabeth’s story will be re-enacted at a Oct. 10-12 conference called “A Progressive Journey Through Indiana History,” an event sponsored by the Southern Indiana Minority Initiative Inc. of Jeffersonville.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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