Near Pomeroy in Meigs County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
James Edwin Campbell
James Edwin Campbell was born on September 28, 1867, in the Kerr's Run area of Pomeroy to James and Letha Campbell. He graduated from Pomeroy High School with the class of 1884. After graduation, Campbell taught in various parts of Meigs County. Campbell achieved notoriety as an African American poet, editor, author of short stories, and educator. He began his writing in 1887 with the work Driftings and Gleanings. During the 1880s and 1890s, he wrote regularly for daily newspapers in Chicago and was employed on the literary staff of the Chicago Times-Herald. His dialect poetry attracted wide-spread popularity and he published a collection of his best works, Echoes From the Cabin and Elsewhere. Campbell was installed as the first president of the West Virginia Colored Institute (West Virginia State University), serving in the capacity from 1891 to 1894. James Edwin Campbell died in Pomeroy on January 26, 1896.
Erected 2007 by Meigs County Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 19-53.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 1.708′ N, 82° 0.116′ Click for map. Marker is in Waterworks Park. Marker is in this post office area: Pomeroy OH 45769, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Valentine Baxter Horton (approx. 1.3 miles away); George Sumner Huntington (approx. 1.5 miles away); Village of Pomeroy (approx. 1.6 miles away); Morgan's Raid Route / Meigs County Courthouse (approx. 1.7 miles away); Spanish Cannon (approx. 1.7 miles away); Meigs County Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Meigs County Fairgrounds (approx. 2.3 miles away); Rear Admiral William W. Outerbridge (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pomeroy.
Also see . . .
1. James Edwin Campbell. (Submitted on March 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. James Edwin Campbell. (Submitted on March 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Education • Notable Persons •
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