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Kentucky Colonization Society

The Kentucky Colonization Society purchased land for freed U.S. slaves settling in Liberia. In 1846 this land was called Kentucky in Liberia. Clay Ashland was the main city, so named to honor Henry Clay and his home Ashland. For more see All Things To All People: the American Colonization Society in Kentucky, 1829-1860, by C. R. Bennett (thesis); Henry Clay, Kentucky, and Liberia, by J. W. Coleman; The Kentucky Colonization Society, by J. W. Coleman; and C. Byron, "Man collects history of area called Kentucky halfway around the world," The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), 10/05/03, p.01B.


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NKAA Entry: The Liberian Connection
NKAA Source: All things to all people: the American Colonization Society in Kentucky, 1829-1860 (thesis)
NKAA Source: Henry Clay, Kentucky, and Liberia
NKAA Source: The Kentucky Colonization Society
NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)

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