Sugar Creek Community
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 Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 40° 8.301′ N, 86° 37.436′ W. Marker is near Thorntown, Indiana, in Boone
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); Samuel M. Ralston (approx. 10.3 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); Clinton County (Indiana) War Memorial (approx. 11˝ miles away).
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 184 times since then and 42 times this year. 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.