Lancaster in Grant County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Shepards bought land from Mr. Horner for $1.50 an acre, making them the first recorded African-American family to live in the area. The beginnings of a community of over 100 free or escaped slaves, Pleasant Ridge at one point had a church and a school. Now the one acre-cemetery is all that remains.
Erected 1994 by Wisconsin Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 42° 49.849′ N, 90° 48.788′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Wisconsin, in Grant County. Marker is on Slabtown Road one mile west of Wisconsin Highway 35/81, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lancaster WI 53813, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Pleasant Ridge (approx. one mile away); Nelson Dewey (approx. 5.3 miles away); The First Civil War Monument The Old Military Road (approx. 11.1 miles away); Denniston House (approx. 12.1 miles away); Village of Cassville (approx. 12.2 miles away); The Cassville Veterans Memorial (approx. 12.2 miles away); Historic Cassville Ferry (approx. 12.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lancaster.
Also see . . . Pleasant Ridge a Refuge for Former Slaves. Wisconsin Historical Society entry for Pleasant Ridge. (Submitted on September 9, 2011.)
Categories. • African Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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