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Farmington Historic Home: Work Along the River Jordan: African American River Labor in the Ohio River Valley, and the Development of Black America

Professor David Anderson, University of Louisville, Department of English, will examine the economic and social importance of African American river workers along the Ohio River in the nineteenth century. Enslaved and free workers were vital to a growing western economy, but also connected African Americans across hundreds of miles, contributed to the growth of urban black communities such as in Louisville, and often aided in escapes. More information here