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Sleettown (Kentucky) Oral History Project

Project Summary

In 1865, Sleettown emerged from battered farmland two miles northwest of Perryville, the location of Kentucky's bloodiest conflict of the American Civil War. African Americans Preston, Henry, and George Sleet gave their name to the new town created by and for themselves and other emancipated enslaved people. Swan, Pope, and Fisher families were also among the first settlers of Sleettown. By 1880, Henry and Preston Sleet had purchased 150 acres in Sleettown, and over the next decade, they continued to add parcels as the town grew from a cluster of sharecropping houses to a bustling town of self-sufficient, educated African American citizens with a restaurant, church, cemetery, school, and general store. Despite the intense growth during the Reconstruction Era, Sleettown eventually declined as its residents left for better economic opportunities in the cities. The last residents sold their land in 1931. This oral history project talks with descendants of Sleettown settlers. They discuss the town, the people, the culture, the commerce, and the town's eventual fade.

Project Code

sleet


Interviews in this Project (32 Total):

Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0203_sleet0001
Interviewer: Laura Bell
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0204_sleet0002
Interviewer: Laura Bell
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0205_sleet0003
Interviewer: Laura Bell
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0206_sleet0004
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0207_sleet0005
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0208_sleet0006
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0209_sleet0007
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0210_sleet0008
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0211_sleet0009
Interviewer: Gina Webb
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0212_sleet0010
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0213_sleet0011
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0214_sleet0012
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0215_sleet0013
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0216_sleet0014
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0217_sleet0015
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0218_sleet0016
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0219_sleet0017
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0220_sleet0018
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0221_sleet0019
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0222_sleet0020
Interviewer: Bunny Davis
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0223_sleet0021
Interviewer: Mary Quin Kerbaugh
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0224_sleet0022
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0225_sleet0023
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0226_sleet0024
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0227_sleet0025
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0228_sleet0026
Interviewer: John Edwards
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0229_sleet0027
Interviewer: John Edwards
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0230_sleet0028
Interviewer: Sara Lamb
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0231_sleet0029
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0232_sleet0030
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0233_sleet0031
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0234_sleet0032
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