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

Petersburg (Mercer County, KY)

The community, named for Peter Board, was an African American community located near Fort Harrod in what is known today as Nevada, KY. Petersburg was established by Sally and Peter Board, former enslaved people who were able to purchase their freedom but not their children's freedom.

The land for the community came from Sally's father and enslaver, Phillip Board. In 1878 all of the residents left Petersburg and moved to Kansas, participating in the Exoduster Movement.

For more see "Exoduster" Sally Board, an American Heritage: from Kentucky Slavery to a Kansas Homestead, 1805-1892, by R. O. Pleasant & J. P. Neill.

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“Petersburg (Mercer County, KY),” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 27, 2024,

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