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Covington in Kenton County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

James Bradley

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 27, 2016
1. James Bradley Marker
Inscription.  The life of this one man summarizes the experiences of millions of Afro-Americans. Born in Africa in the early Nineteenth Century, slave traders brought Bradley to America as an infant. By the time he was 18 years old, Bradley managed his master's Arkansas Plantation. Over a five year period he earned enough money to purchase his freedom.

As a freeman Bradley crossed the Ohio River here at Covington, the legal and symbolic divide between slavery and freedom. He enrolled at Lane Seminary in Cincinnati in 1834. Bradley was the only ex-slave who participated in the Famous Lane Seminary debates on slavery and abolitionism. Bradley's participation stood as an eloquent witness to the equality of all. His speech declared that the great desire of the slaves was "liberty and education."

This sculpture made possible by:
the Bernstein Family/Mike Fink, the Kentucky Post, Jerry Deters and Family, Peoples Liberty Bank, Hopple Plastics, Inc., St Elizabeth Medical Center, Kenton County Airport Board

Sculptor, George Danhires

An official project of the Greater Cincinnati Bicentennial Commission, 1988
 
Erected

James Bradley and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 27, 2016
2. James Bradley and Marker
The marker is visible here on the left, set into the brickwork.
1988 by Greater Cincinnati Bicentennial Commission.
 
Location. 39° 5.488′ N, 84° 30.333′ W. Marker is in Covington, Kentucky, in Kenton County. Marker is at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Kennedy Street, on the left when traveling east on Riverside Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Covington KY 41011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Mary B. Greene (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Great Neighborhoods / Riverwalk Statues (about 300 feet away); The Point (about 300 feet away); George and Ruth Kohlbran Fountain (about 400 feet away); Chief Little Turtle (about 400 feet away); Kennedy House (about 400 feet away); Carneal House (about 400 feet away); Simon Kenton (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Covington.
 
Also see . . .
1. James Bradley bought his freedom from slavery, came to Cincinnati...(WCPO, 2/28/19). (Submitted on June 29, 2019.)
2. James Bradley – from hopeless bondage to Lane Rebel (Oberlin Heritage Center Blog). (Submitted on June 29, 2019.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
James Bradley and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 27, 2016
3. James Bradley and Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 81 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 28, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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