|Death: ||Sep. 17, 1826|
Stone was an accomplished builder, who built his own & a neighbour's house, and a slave trader. He bought slaves to sell downriver for work in cotton and indigo fields in the Mississippi Delta. He was killed during a slave revolt in 1826.
An advertisement in an 1816 Lexington newspaper:
"CASH FOR NEGROES!
"I wish to purchase TWENTY NEGROES, BOYS & GIRLS from 10 to 25 years of age. A liberal price will be given for those answering the description on early application to the subscriber.
Living on the Limestone Road, 4 miles from Paris leading to Millersburg."
In 1822 Rev. James Dickey saw one of Stone's coffles. He later wrote,
"Having passed through Paris, in Bourbon County, Kentucky, the sound of music, (beyond a little rising of ground) attracted my attention; I looked forward and saw the flag of my country waving. Supposing I was about to meet a military parade, I drove hastily to the side of the road; and, having gained the top of the ascent, I discovered, I suppose, about forty black men, all chained together after the following manner: Each of them was handcuffed, and they were arranged in rank and file. A chain perhaps forty feet long, the size of a fifth-horse chain, was stretched between the two ranks, to which short chains were joined which connected with the handcuffs. Behind them were about thirty women, in double rank, the couples tied hand to hand... the dismal silence of this march of despair was interrupted only by the sound of two violins; yes, as if to add insult to injury, the foremost couple were furnished with a violin apiece; the second couple were ornamented with cockades, while near the center waved the Republican flag, carried by a hand, literally in chains."
(source: "I've Got a Home in Glory Land" by Karolyn Smardz Frost.)
On September 17, 1826 just north of Stephensburg, Hardin Co., KY, en route to market in Natchez, MS, the Stone brothers' flatbed boat cargo of 75 people revolted. They beat to death all their captors. The slaves gained the Indiana shore, where all but 1 or 2 were re-captured: 5 were hanged, 47 sold, the remainder returned to the Stone Plantation in Paris, Bourbon Co., KY.
Note: newspaper ad from Neil Allen Bristow, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~greenwolf/stone/edward-1826.htm
Stephensport Baptist Church Cemetery
Created by: Rebecca Paddon
Record added: Nov 30, 2008
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I am writing a book titled "My Other Heart: African American History in Kentucky." I am including the revolt by Edward Stone's slaves.|
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