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Hillsdale in Hillsdale County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Potter's Field

 
 
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By TeamOHE, December 28, 2019
1. Potter's Field Marker
Inscription.  Oak Grove Cemetery was privately owned when a section was set aside for its Potter's Field. This was a place for the indigent to be laid to rest. About fifty people are buried here, with some in the woods and most without a grave marker.

The term "Potter's Field comes from Matthew 27:3-8 in the Bible. After Judas received thirty pieces of silver from the Romans for betraying Jesus, he was overcome with guilt. He took the silver to the chief priests of the temple, crying, "I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.” When the priests refused to accept it because it was blood money, he threw down the silver and left to hang himself. After careful deliberation the priests decided to use it to purchase a place to bury strangers. It's thought that the original site was in a valley that was the source of potter's clay, from which came the name "Potter's Field."
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
 
Location. 41° 56.417′ N, 84° 38.1′ W. Marker is in Hillsdale, Michigan, in Hillsdale

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By TeamOHE, December 28, 2019
2. Potter's Field Marker
County. Marker is on E. Montgomery Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hillsdale MI 49242, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Oak Grove Cemetery Association (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hillsdale College (approx. half a mile away); College Baptist Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Hillsdale (approx. 1.3 miles away); Sultana (approx. 1.3 miles away); St. Anthony's Catholic Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Saint Peter's Episcopal Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Will Carleton Poor House (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hillsdale.
 
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By TeamOHE, December 28, 2019
3. Potter's Field Marker
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By TeamOHE, December 28, 2019
4. Potter's Field Marker
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By TeamOHE, December 28, 2019
5. Potter's Field Marker
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By TeamOHE, December 28, 2019
6. Potter's Field Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 25, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 25, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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