Transylvania University’s main classroom building stood at the north end of Gratz Park in the 1820s, when Jefferson Davis, the future president of the Confederacy, studied there. The building burned in 1829. Cassius M. Clay, a student living in the building at the time, later acknowledged that the fire was accidentally started by his black servant. The son of a slaveholder, Clay in the two decades before the Civil War would become Kentucky’s most outspoken advocate for abolishing slavery. Photo: Transylvania University

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