Slavery Laws In Old Kentucky/Site of Arterburn Brothers Slave Pens
Slavery Laws In Old Kentucky
Ky.'s 1792 Constitution continued legalized enslavement of blacks in the new state; 1800 tax lists show 40,000 slaves. U.S. banned African slave trade in 1808 but selling of men, women and children in South continued. By 1830, blacks made up 24% of Ky. population. Kentucky Nonimportation Act of 1833 halted the transfer of blacks for resale.
Presented by Louisville and Jefferson County African American Heritage Committee, Inc.
Site of Arterburn Brothers Slave Pens
After Kentucky's Nonimportation Act repealed in 1849, Louisville slave markets expanded. The Arterburns advertised cash for farm hands and others. Iron-barred coops held people to be shipped south. Chained, they marched up Main Street to board boats in nearby Portland. Some died of shock or disease on the trip south.
Erected 1996 by Kentucky Historical Society Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1989.)
Location. 38° 15.258′ N, 85° 45.108′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is on 1st. Street just south of Market. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Louisville KY 40202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
Categories. • African Americans •
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