Kentucky Fugitives to Canada

Kentucky Fugitives to Canada (HM1C3J)

Location: Louisville, KY 40202 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 15.422', W 85° 45.425'

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Thornton and Lucie (also called Ruthy) Blackburn were slaves in Louisville, 1830-31. Thornton was hired out to Wurts and Reinhard's store at 4th and Main. When Lucie was sold to Virgil McKnight, the two escaped by steamboat. They were claimed two years later in Detroit by owners. The couple was rescued in "The Blackburn Riots of 1833," Detroit's first racial riot.
HM NumberHM1C3J
Series This marker is part of the Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society series
Marker Number2072
Year Placed2001
Placed ByKentucky Historical Society - Kentucky Department of Highways
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 12:56pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 608744 N 4235064
Decimal Degrees38.25703333, -85.75708333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 15.422', W 85° 45.425'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 15' 25.32" N, 85° 45' 25.50" W
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Area Code(s)502
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401 W Main St, Louisville KY 40202, US
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