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Her name was Hanna and she was sold to settle a debt.
Bill of Sale for Hanna - one page July 5, 1841 (used with permission of Hickman County Museum)
Her name was Hanna and she was sold to settle a debt.

One hundred seventy nine years ago on the day after Independence Day, an auction was held on the Hickman County Courthouse steps in the county seat of Clinton. It wasn't that unusual an event, debtor properties were sold regularly to pay off creditors.

This auction was different - the property being sold was not a farm or a horse or a crop. The property was a human being.

And her name was Hanna.

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Extended Closure of U.S. 51 Ohio River 'Cairo' Bridge to Start Saturday, Aug. 1

When the Cairo bridge closes Aug. 1, a normal 5-mile drive between Wickliffe, Kentucky, and Cairo, Illinois, will become an 80-mile detour via the Interstate 24 Ohio River Bridge at Paducah. Motorists who adjust their route prior to reaching the bridge can greatly reduce the detour mileage. Portable message boards are set up at key locations to alert travelers and truckers to the closure before they reach the bridge.

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