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Near Hillsboro in Vernon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

African American Settlers of Cheyenne Valley

 
 
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By Keith L, May 5, 2009
1. African American Settlers of Cheyenne Valley Marker
Inscription. The Cheyenne Valley area near Hillsboro was Wisconsinís largest rural African American settlement in the 19th century. The Stateís early defiance of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act and the later demise of the slavery system after the Civil War encouraged freed slaves to settle in Wisconsin. Nearly 150 African American settlers, with the assistance of the Quaker religious order, came to Hillsboro, where they successfully farmed. Many settlers became landowners, and a few, like Thomas Shivers who was born on a Tennessee plantation, owned large acreages. The African American settlers socialized well with neighboring European immigrants, establishing among the Stateís the first integrated schools, churches and sporting teams. Thomas Shiverís son, Alga Shivers, was a notable builder, designing and constructing many of Vernon Countyís round barns in the early 20th century. The advent of the automobile, and other elements of change, led to the gradual decline of the rural African American population.
 
Erected 1997 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 383.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 38.964′ N, 90° 21.015′ 
African American Settlers of Cheyenne Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
2. African American Settlers of Cheyenne Valley Marker
W. Marker is near Hillsboro, Wisconsin, in Vernon County. Marker can be reached from Elm Street 0.1 miles north of Water Avenue (Wisconsin Highway 80), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in Cheyenne Settlers Heritage Park. Marker is in this post office area: Hillsboro WI 54634, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mt. Vernon Cemetery Civil War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Admiral Marc A. Mitscher, U.S. Navy (approx. ľ mile away); The Lost District (approx. 6.2 miles away); Elroy – Sparta State Trail (approx. 7.6 miles away); St. Patrick's (approx. 9.1 miles away); a different marker also named Elroy – Sparta State Trail (approx. 10 miles away); Rockbridge (approx. 14.1 miles away); Pier Park (approx. 14.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hillsboro.
 
Also see . . .
1. Cheyenne Valley. (Submitted on May 7, 2009.)
2. Heritage Road Tour Map. (Submitted on May 7, 2009.)
 
Categories. African AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,108 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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