PRESTONSBURG – The Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) Office of Cultural Diversity and the Library Seminar Series in conjunction with the Kentucky Chautauqua will present a performance of Charlotte Dupuy: Suing for Freedom at 9:25 a.m., Tuesday, February 2 in the Gearheart Auditorium on the Prestonsburg campus. This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.
Charlotte Dupuy was born in 1787 in Cambridge, Maryland, to George and Rachel Stanley who were enslaved. At the age of eight, Charlotte was sold for $100 and forced to leave her family.
Ten years later, Charlotte was brought to Kentucky and registered as a slave. While in Lexington, she met and married Aaron Dupuy, who was enslaved by Henry Clay and his wife, Lucretia. Charlotte was sold to the Clay family, allowing her and Aaron to live as husband and wife. Charlotte spent her time with the Clay family carrying out household chores and caring for the Clay’s children, as well as raising her own children. In 1825, the Clay family moved to Washington, D.C. as Henry Clay served as Secretary of State. While there, Charlotte found a lawyer who filed papers for her and her children, suing for their freedom.
Kentucky Chautauqua is an exclusive presentation of the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, contact Judy Howell at (606) 889-4750 or email [email protected]