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Near Thorntown in Boone County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Sugar Creek Community

 
 
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By Trevor L Whited, May 30, 2021
1. Sugar Creek Community Marker
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Black southerners established a thriving, free community around Thorntown in Sugar Creek Township by the early 1850s. Most became farmers and some owned property, despite Indiana's constitutional prohibition of black settlement. By 1870, this community of over 170 residents established an African Methodist Episcopal church, school, cemetery, and Masonic lodge.

With the passage of the 15th Amendment, male residents engaged in politics through voting, public speaking, and organizing a Republican club. While the community dispersed in the 1890's, the church and affiliated women's group remained active into the 1900's. Only the cemetery, where at least one Civil War veteran of the U.S. Colored Troops was buried, has been preserved.
 
Erected 2019 by Indiana Historical Bureau.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 40° 8.301′ N, 86° 37.436′ W. Marker is near Thorntown, Indiana, in Boone

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By Trevor L Whited, May 30, 2021
2. Sugar Creek Community Marker
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County. Marker is on N 825 W, on the left when traveling north. Located in the Colored Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Thorntown IN 46071, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away); Boone County REMC (approx. 4.7 miles away); Boone County Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.9 miles away); Revolutionary War Memorial (approx. 10.3 miles away); Boone County (Indiana) Veterans (approx. 10.4 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 10.4 miles away); To The Unknown Dead (approx. 11˝ miles away); Clinton County (Indiana) War Memorial (approx. 11˝ miles away).
 
Sugar Creek Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Trevor L Whited, May 30, 2021
3. Sugar Creek Community Marker
Sugar Creek Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Trevor L Whited, May 30, 2021
4. Sugar Creek Community Marker
Sugar Creek Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Trevor L Whited, May 30, 2021
5. Sugar Creek Community Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 30, 2021, by Trevor L Whited of Kokomo, Indiana. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 30, 2021, by Trevor L Whited of Kokomo, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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