"Get them so far ahead you can’t find one south of Louisville with a blood-hound."

Louisville, the largest city in Kentucky, is the county seat of Jefferson on the northern perimeter of the state and thereby marks the upper reach of the South. The idea of pursuing ambitious African Americans with blood-hounds is evocative of the slaveholding era, when these keenly-scented dogs would be used to track runaways heading for the free states in the North.

The maroon circle on this map of Kentucky indicates Louisville
Public DomainThe maroon circle on this map of Kentucky indicates Louisville - Credit: Geographicus Rare Antique Maps