KY Museum to Bid on Historical Papers

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) -- A western Kentucky museum is raising money in an effort to purchase the personal papers of two community pioneers that have a link to a famous novel.

The main interest in the papers of Amos Riley and his son, Camden Riley, is that Josiah Henson 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 that the facility plans to bid on the items when they go up for auction Friday in Cincinnati.

Cowan's Auctions Inc. estimates that the papers are worth between $10,000 and $15,000.

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