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

Brown, William W.

(born: 1814  -  died: 1884) 

William Wells Brown was born in Lexington, KY. His mother, Elizabeth, was a slave; his father, George Higgins, was white. Since his mother was a slave, Brown too was a slave. He eventually escaped and made his way north, where he participated in abolitionist activities. He wrote a play, poems, songs, and books, including Clotel, the first novel published by an African American. Brown was also an historian and practiced medicine. For more see From Slave to Abolitionist, by W. W. Brown and L. S. Warner; and Narrative of William W. Brown, A Fugitive Slave. Written by Himself [full-text at UNC University Library Documenting the American South].


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NKAA Source: From slave to abolitionist : the life of William Wells Brown

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“Brown, William W.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed January 26, 2021,

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