African American History of Clark County

The Bluegrass Heritage Museum is collecting articles and stories on the African American history of Clark County. If you would like to contribute to this website, please contact Sandy Stults, museum director, at

Before Abolition: African-Americans in Early Clark County, Kentucky

Before Abolition Poster


The peculiar story of Daniel (Bush)

Aaron Abbott’s amazing achievements

Archer (McDonald)’s suit for freedom

Fanny Cole, a most enterprising woman

The links above are several of the chapters from an upcoming book by Lyndon Comstock entitled Before Abolition: African-Americans in Early Clark County, Kentucky. Lyndon lives in Bolinas, California. He has been researching black people in Clark County for the past eight years.

Additional Lyndon Comstock Articles

 Harrison-Williams-Holloway Family Documents Pertaining to Slavery

Sam Martin

Harry G. Enoch has published a regular column in the Winchester Sun called “Where In The World” since 2005. Below is a selection of his articles concerning the African American history of the county.

Poynterville: Origins of a Black Community

Green Martin: Soldier, Farmer and Beloved Husband

Clark County’s Early African American Churchs

Oliver High School Athletics


Winchester Little League Baseball

Brief History of the Clark County Negro

Miscellaneous Links

African American Schools in Clark County, KY

Elaine Farris

Henry Edward Baker


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