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Westport in Oldham County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Westport Courthouse / The Courthouse and Enslavement

 
 
Westport Courthouse Marker side image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 29, 2021
1. Westport Courthouse Marker side
Inscription.  
Westport Courthouse
First court session held here in 1828. In addition to indicting criminals and appointing justices of the peace, the court resolved sales, auctions, and escapes of enslaved people & settled disputes pertaining to slave hire-outs. The court moved to nearby LaGrange in 1838.

The Courthouse and Enslavement
Records related to enslavement were common. Justice of the Peace William Gatewood was charged for the illegal hire-out of Mahala, mother of Henry Bibb's wife Malinda. Bibb, a famous abolitionist, escaped Gatewood's enslavement & created a colony in Canada for fugitive slaves.
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Erected 2019 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2594.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
The Courthouse and Enslavement Marker side image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 29, 2021
2. The Courthouse and Enslavement Marker side
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Law Enforcement. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1828.
 
Location. 38° 28.719′ N, 85° 28.485′ W. Marker is in Westport, Kentucky, in Oldham County. Marker is on Westport Road (Kentucky Route 524) west of 4th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6901 KY-524, Westport KY 40077, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Westport (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodland Farm (approx. 1.4 miles away); Lagrange Training School / Rosenwald Schools (approx. 6.8 miles away); Oldham County, 1824 (approx. 7.1 miles away); Funk Seminary Site (approx. 7.1 miles away); James and Amanda Mount Home / J.C. Barnett Library and Archives (approx. 7.1 miles away); William Berry Taylor of Spring Hill (approx. 7.1 miles away); Colonel William Oldham (approx. 7.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Bibb, Henry Walton. From the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. (Submitted on June 3, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Westport Courthouse / The Courthouse and Enslavement Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 29, 2021
3. Westport Courthouse / The Courthouse and Enslavement Marker
Henry Walton Bibb (1815-1854) image. Click for full size.
By Patrick H. Reason / Public domain
4. Henry Walton Bibb (1815-1854)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 3, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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