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Kentucky in Africa

Ex-slaves emigration to West Africa
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25 minutes
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In the 1800s, before and after the Civil War, about 15,000 freed American slaves immigrated to Africa. This Kentucky Life special traces the ex-slaves’ journey from Kentucky to Liberia, West Africa. As they arrived in Africa, they formed their own independent county, “Little America” as some called it. They named their towns after American places such as “Kentucky in Africa” and “Clay-Ashland.” These towns are still there today, and in many ways, the population lives like Americans. Much of the story of this historic relationship is told through the words of people from the period, such as Abraham Lincoln, Henry Clay, and Alfred Russell, a president of Liberia from Kentucky.

Additional information and links to various resources related to Liberia and the colonization movement can be found on the Kentucky Life web site.

Program of Studies:
Social Studies: Cultures and Society, Geography, Historical Perspectives

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2012/13 KETKY Program Schedule

A special edition of Kentucky Life, revised for classroom use, that explores the Kentucky connection to the founding and development of the nation of Liberia. The story of how and why thousands of freed African-American slaves undertook the hazardous journey across the Atlantic to build a new country in Africa is told partly in the words of such notable figures as Abraham Lincoln; Henry Clay; and Alfred Russell, a Kentuckian who became president of Liberia. A visit to an area still known as "Kentucky in Africa" explores the continuing legacy of these 19th-century pioneers.

These videos are also available on KET EncycloMedia.

The schedule listed here includes only airings on the KETKY channel. See the complete Kentucky in Africa broadcast schedule for airings on all KET channels.

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Kentucky schools may tape and retain programs according to the rights listed above. For further information, contact the KET Education Division.

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