Plantation papers to go on display in Owensboro

Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 7:53 am | Updated: 10:23 am, Mon Jul 22, 2013.

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A western Kentucky museum paid $7,600 for a collection personal papers, books and a “slave pass” issued in Kentucky 186 years ago.

The Owensboro Museum of Science and History will display the collection from the family of Daviess County plantation owner Amos Riley and his son, Owensboro attorney Camden Riley, later this summer. The museum bought the collection last month at a Cincinnati auction.

Museum Executive Director Kathy Olson told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer ( the collection includes deeds, bills of sale for slaves and receipts from steamboat companies and other businesses.

Among the papers is a “slave pass” issued to Josiah Henson, one of the inspirations for the title character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

Olson says the collection was valued at between $10,000 and $15,000 at auction.


Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer,


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