Willis Russell House

Local/Regional News
8:12 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Long Before Emancipation Proclamation, African American Education Had a Home in Central Ky.

The Willis Russell House, built around 1794, was used as a school for African American children. -- photo courtesy Boyle Landmark Trust

DANVILLE, Ky. - More than 20 years before Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, black children were being educated by a former slave in a two-story log house in central Kentucky.

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