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Early Shelby County School for Free Persons and the Enslaved

In 1849, in Shelby County, KY, C. W. Robinson, a white minister, attempted to establish a Sunday School for free Negroes and for slaves who were given permission by their masters to attend the school. For his efforts, Rev. Robinson was flogged in the school room by the Shelby County chief patrol officer. The story was printed in the Shelby News, and retold in the Northhampton Herald and The North Star. There were about 150 free Negroes in Shelby County in 1850 [source: U.S. Federal Census]. For more see "A Preacher flogged," The North Star, 07/20/1849, p.3; "The Shelbyville Negro Sabbath School," The Morning Courier, 06/07/1849, p.2. See also entries for African American Schools in the NKAA Database.

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