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Near Waverly in Pike County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

PP African American Settlement / Eden Baptist Church

 
 
PP African American Settlement Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2009
1. PP African American Settlement Marker (Side A)
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Side A: PP African American Settlement
Thirteen African American families migrated to Pebble Township in Pike County in the early 1820s from Virginia. Some of the families were former slaves while others were freeborn people of color. Their farm knowledge and skill helped to make them prosperous, angering some of their white neighbors who began a campaign of harassment. Ten of the original African American settlers eventually moved away, but despite the difficulties with the white population, other African Americans continued to arrive to the settlement. They founded a church, later known as the Eden Baptist Church, built a meeting hall, and organized a school. Several of the families were also involved in the activity of the Underground Railroad. The PP Settlement thrived until the 1950s when, for economic reasons, residents moved to other communities.

Side B: Eden Baptist Church
The residents of PP Settlement organized the Eden Baptist Church, formerly known as the Union Baptist Church of the PP Hills, in 1824. The cemetery, located about three miles south, marks the original site of the church. It was established
Eden Baptist Church Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2009
2. Eden Baptist Church Marker (Side B)
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as an anti-slavery Baptist Church taking a proactive stand against slavery. Several of the members of the congregation were station keepers on the Underground Railroad. The church served as the social and religious center for this African American community. Though the PP Settlement declined in the last half of the twentieth century, the Eden Baptist Church continued its religious leadership.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The P & G Fund, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 7-66.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionCivil RightsMan-Made FeaturesNotable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1824.
 
Location. 39° 10.752′ N, 83° 7.26′ W. Marker is near Waverly, Ohio, in Pike County. Marker is on Nipgen Road (County Route 34) one mile west of Turkey Run Road, on the right when traveling west. Church and marker are about 8 miles WNW of Waverly. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waverly OH 45690, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured
PP African American Settlement / Eden Baptist Church Marker and Church image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2009
3. PP African American Settlement / Eden Baptist Church Marker and Church
as the crow flies. Anatomy of a Mound (approx. 6.7 miles away); Ancient Artists (approx. 6.8 miles away); Ohio's Protector (approx. 6.8 miles away); Ceremonial Center (approx. 6.8 miles away); Last Battle in the Scioto Country (approx. 7.4 miles away); Ross County Underground Railroad / The Underground Railroad (approx. 7.8 miles away); Pike County Veterans Memorial (approx. 8 miles away); Pike County Revolutionary Soldiers (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waverly.
 
Eden Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2009
4. Eden Baptist Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,245 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 10, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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