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Kentucky museum gets historical papers


A western Kentucky museum has placed the winning bid on the personal papers of two community pioneers linked to a famous novel.

The main interest in the papers of Amos Riley and his son, Camden Riley, was their connection to Josiah Henson, who was a slave on the Riley plantation in Daviess County from 1825 to 1830. Henson went on to become an abolitionist in Canada, and the title character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was modeled after him.

Owensboro Museum of Science and History Director Kathy Olson told the Messenger-Inquirer ( ) the museum paid $6,500 for 75 items including a "slave pass" for Henson.

The items went up for auction Friday at Cowan's Auctions Inc. in Cincinnati.

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