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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:06 AM


Ex-slave's Catholic activism is drawing new attention

House in preservation fight is on grounds where Rudd was born

Daniel Rudd was an evangelist for the Catholic faith, which he saw as a champion for racial reconciliation.

Feb 2, 2013
Written by
Peter Smith

Born a slave in Bardstown, Ky., in 1854, Daniel Rudd was valued at $250 by age 4 under his owner’s property records.

But according to his own later words, he absorbed a sense of far greater value from the faith he learned as a child in that historic Catholic city — one that fueled his passion as one of the leading voices for civil rights later in the 19th century.

Rudd’s legacy — while known in some academic and black Catholic circles — is getting broader publicity these days because of a preservation dispute in Bardstown.

Some local and state activists are calling for the preservation of an antebellum red-brick mansion, named Anatok, which was the home of Catholic slaveholders Charles and Matilda Haydon. Rudd was born a slave on their plantation.



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