The Slaves of Federal Hill & the Rowan Family Louisville Townhouse
The highest number of documented enslaved African-Americans held in bondage by the Rowan family totaled 39 in 1830. Research indicates that Judge John Rowan owned at least 54 slaves during his lifetime. The population of slaves consists of 9 family groups. Various members of the Rowan family either supported or opposed the institution of slavery. The silhouettes below represent people in bondage at either Federal Hill or at the Rowan's Louisville townhouse.