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Moments in Kentucky
Legislative History

10. Laws to Liberia (1850)

On February 28, 1850, the legislature approved of "an act to send the laws of this state to the Governor of Liberia, in Africa." The secretary of state was authorized to use the Kentucky Colonization Society as the means of transmission. The Agent of the society was to receive various compilations of Kentucky law, including Brown & Morehead's Digest, Loughborough's Digest, and the general laws of the legislature, and deliver them to the governor of Liberia.

Map of Liberia, 1845.>

Map of Liberia, 1845, published by the American Colonization Society (ACS). The country of Liberia was founded in 1817 by the American Colonization Society as a means of removing free blacks from the United States. On July 26, 1847, the settlers to Liberia declared their independence from the ACS and formed their own government. Continuing to call themselves "Americans," the Liberians drew heavily from US federal and state laws during the creation of their legal system. Kentucky Military History Museum Archives, Lucretia Clay Simpson Collection, Kentucky Historical Society Collections.

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