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Meaux Settlement (Anderson County, KY)

Meaux Settlement was an African American community established in Anderson County by Jane Anderson Meaux. The community was established prior to her death in 1844 (see vol. 4 of History of Kentucky , by W. E. Connelley and E. M. Coulter, p. 205).

All of Meaux's enslaved persons were to be freed if they agreed to go live in Liberia, Africa; those who refused were to remain enslaved after her death. James M. Priest, who would become Vice President of Liberia in 1864, had been enslaved by Meaux. The Anderson County community was still known as Meaux Settlement in 1913 [source: "Historic Happenings in Kentucky," Lexington Leader, 2/02/1913, p. 1].

For more see "To Liberia," Lexington Leader, 1/12/1909, p. 9.

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NKAA Source: History of Kentucky
NKAA Entry: Priest, James M.
NKAA Source: Lexington leader (newspaper)

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