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

Harlan, Robert J.

(born: December 12, 1816  -  died: September 24, 1897) 

Robert J. Harlan was born in Harrodsburg, KY, son of an enslaved mother and Judge James Harlan (father of John M. Harlan - Plessy v. Ferguson). Robert was the second American to own and race horses in England. He lost his wealth during the Civil War. Harlan spoke out for the ratification of the 15th Amendment. He was a member of the Ohio Legislature and worked with two others to gain the repeal of the Black laws.

For more see Dictionary of American Negro Biography, by R. W. Logan & M. R. Winston.

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