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Circleville in Pickaway County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Political Meeting at Second Baptist Church

 
 
Political Meeting at Second Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 31, 2008
1. Political Meeting at Second Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. In 1870, African American men in Circleville attempted to vote in municipal elections. Despite the recent ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment, pollsters refused their votes on the basis that state law forbade them from receiving the ballots. The Second Baptist Church was the site of a meeting of 147 African American men seeking redress. Together with Republican leaders these men produced petitions that were sent to the United States Senate and House of Representatives. These petitions gave the Republican Party the grounds to introduce bills to enforce the Fifteenth and Fourteenth Amendments. The passage of the Enforcement Act of 1870 imposed criminal penalties for interference with the right to vote and also helped to shift power and authority from the individual state legislatures to the centralized Federal government.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Briartown Publishing, Faith Ministries, Inc., Second Baptist Church, Pickaway County African American Preservation Association, St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 8-65.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location.
Second Baptist Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 31, 2008
2. Second Baptist Church and Marker
39° 35.89′ N, 82° 56.886′ W. Marker is in Circleville, Ohio, in Pickaway County. Marker is at the intersection of Mill Street and Elm Street, on the right when traveling west on Mill Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 W. Mill Street, Circleville OH 43113, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Underground Railroad / The Underground Railroad in Pickaway County (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Our Safety Forces (approx. 0.2 miles away); War Savings Quota (approx. 0.2 miles away); Prehistoric Circular Earthworks / The Squaring of Circleville (approx. mile away); Napoleon 12-Pounder (approx. 0.3 miles away); Memorial Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Caleb Atwater (approx. 0.4 miles away); Zieger House (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Circleville.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Civil RightsNotable EventsPolitics
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,040 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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