Bloomingburg Area Underground Railroad
Recognized by many as “one of the most active communities in Southwestern Ohio, the Bloomingburg area was a significant link in the Underground Railroad. As many as twelve to sixteen escaped slaves were said to have been passed through the Bloomingburg area at one time. The Bloomingburg Presbyterian Church was the center for Underground Railroad activity, in coordination with the Fayette County Anti-Slavery Society. The church, led by Rev. William Dickey and Col. James Stewart, both staunch abolitionists, was organized on November 22, 1817. The current church, built in 1847, still stands today along with several other structures that were used as stations on the Underground Railroad. The Fullertons, Dickeys, Usticks, Steeles, Edwardses, Stewarts, Alexanders, and Gillespies served as station keepers and operators. The Fayette County Anti-Slavery Society was organized in Bloomingburg on May 27, 1835, with 52 members. Col. James Stewart at one time served as one of the Vice-Presidents of the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society.
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Erected 2017 by Friends of Freedom Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Churches & Religion.
Location. 39° 36.418′ N, 83° 23.832′ W. Marker is in Bloomingburg, Ohio, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 62 Main St,, Bloomingburg OH 43106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bloomingburg Veterans Flag Pole (a few steps from this marker); Bloomingburg Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Bloomingburg (a few steps from this marker); Bloomingburg War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bloomingburg Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Judy Memorial Chapel (approx. 4.8 miles away); Harry M . Daugherty (approx. 4.8 miles away); Soldiers’ Row (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomingburg.
Additional keywords. Underground Railroad
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 573 times since then and 115 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 15, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.