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Charlotte Dupuy: Suing for Freedom
February 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Anderson Public Library is proud to present Elizabeth Lawson as Charlotte Dupuy for an amazing living history presentation from the Kentucky Humanities Council. Called a Chautauqua, the presentation will follow the life of Charlotte Dupuy who 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 two.
In 1825, the clay family moved to Washington, DC, 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.