Project SummaryIn 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 African Americans. 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.