The Big Sandy Community and Technical College 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 Clays 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 firstname.lastname@example.org