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Ralph Elwood Brock

 
 
Ralph Elwood Brock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Peter Linehan, May 6, 2007
1. Ralph Elwood Brock Marker
Inscription. (1883–1959) The first African American graduate of the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy here at Mont Alto and a member of the original class of 1906. A student & associate of Dr. J.T. Rothrock, Brock was Mont Alto State Forest Nursery superintendent until 1911 and then a successful consulting forester for public and private gardens and landscapes in New York City and Philadelphia.
 
Erected 2003 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 50.41′ N, 77° 32.654′ W. Marker is in Mont Alto, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Street (Route 233) and Slabtown Road on Park Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mont Alto PA 17237, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Brown Raid (here, next to this marker); Captain John E. Cook (here, next to this marker); Pennsylvania State Forest Academy (here, next to this marker); George H. Wirt (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Penn State Mont Alto Campus (about 700 feet away); Conklin Hall
Ralph Elwood Brock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Peter Linehan, May 7, 2007
2. Ralph Elwood Brock Marker
This photo shows the Ralph Brock marker and the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy marker behind it.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Chestnut Spring (approx. 0.6 miles away); Snow Hill Cloister (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mont Alto.
 
More about this marker. The marker is next to the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy marker. Brock worked in and later managed the forest nursery across the street. Further east on Route 233, at the top of South Mountain in the Michaux State Forest, is the Pennsylvania State Seed Tree Orchard also named for Ralph Brock.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Country's first African-American forester was part of state class. 2004 article by Doug Oster in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It includes a photo of a young Ralph Brock. (Submitted on May 8, 2007.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationEnvironmentNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Peter Linehan of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,816 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Peter Linehan of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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