Murphysboro in Jackson County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Jackson County, Illinois
In 1836, Benningsen Boon Vs Juliet, one of the first court cases arguing against African-American indentured servitude in Illinois, was heard in Brownsville and later settled by the Illinois Supreme Court.
The original Jackson courthouse burned in January 1843, and citizens voted to relocate the county seat to land donated by Dr. John Logan, father of future Civil War General "Black Jack" Logan. Murphysboro officially became the county seat in September of 1843.
Erected 2016 by Jackson County and the Illinois State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • War, US Civil. Former U.S. Presidents: #07 Andrew Jackson, and the Illinois State Historical Society series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is January 10, 1816.
Location. 37° 45.853′ N, 89° 20.089′ W. Marker is in Murphysboro, Illinois, in Jackson County. Marker is on Walnut Street (Illinois Route 149) west of 10th Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is in front of Jackson County courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 Walnut St, Murphysboro IL 62966, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Conrad Will of Brownsville (a few steps from this marker); Company H 27th Illinois Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Logan Day 1914 (within shouting distance of this marker); First Coal Mine in Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. John Logan (within shouting distance of this marker); Israel Blanchard (within shouting distance of this marker); Elizabeth Jenkins Logan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Major General John A. Logan (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murphysboro.
More about this marker. Marker was dedicated on January 23, 2016.
Also see . . .
1. Jackson County, Illinois on Wikipedia. Murphysboro is the county seat, and Carbondale, which houses Southern Illinois University, is the largest city in Jackson County. (Submitted on November 27, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
2. Jackson County unveils two historical markers. Published by The Southern: On January 23, 2016, this marker along with the Conrad Will one (a few steps away) were dedicated. Some of the Jackson County Board members unveiled this marker. Many local leaders including Congressman Mike Bost (Murphysboro is his hometown) were present at the ceremony. (Submitted on November 27, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 27, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.