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George DeBaptiste Homesite

 
 
George DeBaptiste Homesite Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Al Barrera, December 16, 2008
1. George DeBaptiste Homesite Marker
Inscription. George DeBaptiste, a long-time Mason, and one of Detroit's most active and impassioned black community leaders, lived on this site during the 1850s and 60s. Born in Virginia about 1815, he moved to Madison, Indiana in 1838 and became involved in the Underground Railroad. Forced to leave because of his anti-slavery activities, DeBaptiste became the personal valet of General William Henry Harrison, whom he accompanied to the White House as a steward. In 1846, DeBaptiste came to Detroit and conducted several successful businesses. At the same time he served as a delegate to the Cleveland National Convention of Colored Citizens, and as an agent for the Freedman's Aid Commission. During the Civil War, he served as an organizer of Michigan's Colored Regiment. DeBaptiste died in 1875.
 
Erected 1975 by State of Michigan. (Marker Number S0452.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 19.887′ N, 83° 2.423′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on East Larned Street near Beaubien Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dearborn MI 48126, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
George DeBaptiste Homesite Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Al Barrera, December 16, 2008
2. George DeBaptiste Homesite Marker
distance of this marker. The Salvation Army (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shrine Circus (about 700 feet away); Frederick Douglass - John Brown meeting (about 700 feet away); Mariners' Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Topographical Engineers (approx. 0.2 miles away); University of Michigania (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spirit of Detroit (approx. mile away); St. Mary's Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Detroit.
 
Also see . . .  George DeBaptiste. A short biographical sketch. (Submitted on December 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansCivil RightsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. This page has been viewed 1,923 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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