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Bloomingburg Area Underground Railroad

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 14, 2018
1. Bloomingburg Area Underground Railroad Marker
side A
Inscription.  Side A

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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The great success of this areas

Bloomingburg Area Underground Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 14, 2018
2. Bloomingburg Area Underground Railroad Marker
side B
abolitionist movement was also aided by the African American community in Bloomingburg. This community was composed of many ex-slaves and free blacks who served as conductors on the Underground Railroad. Littlebury Stewart registered his free papers in 1835, which made his family one of the first free families of color in Fayette County. Joseph Stillgess was an African American conductor. He stated: “I would take the fugitives (slaves) in a spring wagon to the house (William Ustick)… This sort of thing went on all the time when I was there at Bloomingburg.” Bloomingburg is located on the east fork of Paint Creek, a key route that the fugitive slaves followed. In the Paint Valley area were many stops such as Chillicothe, Frankfort, Good Hope, Greenfield, Roxabel, South Salem, and Washington Court House. Without the assistance of these important links, the Bloomingburg Area Underground Railroad would not have been possible.
 
Erected 2017 by Friends of Freedom Society.
 
Location. 39° 36.418′ N, 83° 23.832′ W. Marker is in Bloomingburg, Ohio, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Ohio Route 41) and Cross Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. marker is in front of the Bloomingburg Fire Department and
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 14, 2018
3. Bloomingburg Area Underground Railroad Marker
full view of marker
Town Hall. 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 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); Fayette County Civil War Memorial (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomingburg.
 
Additional keywords. Underground Railroad
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansChurches & Religion
 
Bloomingburg Area Underground Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 14, 2018
4. Bloomingburg Area Underground Railroad Marker
as seen from corner of Main and Cross
Bloomingburg Area Underground Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 14, 2018
5. Bloomingburg Area Underground Railroad Marker
Bloomingburg Presbyterian Church, 2 blocks north of the marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 68 times since then and 34 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.
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