From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Green, Elisha W. [Green v. Gould]

(born: 1815  -  died: 1893) 

Elisha W. Green, born in Bourbon County, KY, was  a slave of John P. Dobbyns who was a pastor in Maysville and Paris, KY. He was allowed regular travel between the two cities, traveling by train and stage, sometimes passing without incident but at other times denied admittance or attacked.

After gaining his freedom, Green later had a whitewashing business and learned a number of skills in order to earn income for his family. He led in the building of an all African American community, Claysville, in Paris, KY.

For more see A History of Blacks in Kentucky from Slavery to Segregation, 1760-1891, by M. B. Lucas; Life of the Rev. Elisha W. Green..., by E. W. Green [available online at UNC Documenting the American South]; and C. L. Davis, "Green v. Gould (1884) and the Construction of Postbellum Race Relations in a Central Kentucky Community," The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, vol.  105, issue 3 (Summer 2007), pp. 383-416.

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