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


(died: 1778) 

Pompey was an interpreter for the Shawnee chief Blackfish, whose scouts captured Daniel Boone in 1778. Boone escaped, and Ft. Boonesborough was attacked. Pompey fought alongside the Indians; Daniel Boone is credited with the shot that killed Pompey. It is believed that Pompey was a former slave from Virginia and had lived among the Shawnee for some time. For more see A History of Blacks in Kentucky from Slavery to Segregation, 1760-1891, by M. B. Lucas; and T. F. Belue, "Did Daniel Boone kill Pompey," Filson Club History Quarterly, vol. 67, issue 1 (1993), pp. 5-22.



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NKAA Source: A History of Blacks in Kentucky: from slavery to segregation, 1760-1891
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