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Welcome to the Willis Russell House Site

The Willis Russell House is an historic African-American site located on Walnut Street in Danville, Kentucky.  The log home was built before 1795 and is under the protection of the Boyle Landmark Trust.  For a time in the 1800s the site was used as a school for African-American children and as a home for their teacher Willis Russell.  Russell was a former slave of Robert Craddock who was emancipated by Craddock in his will in April 1837.

For a condensed history of this home, please click here.

For a time line concerning Willis Russell and the history of the house, click here.

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