Bloomingburg in Fayette County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Bloomingburg Presbyterian Church and cemetery was established in the northwest corner of the current cemetery grounds on March 7, 1818. Several years later it became a center for anti-slavery activity. The Reverend William Dickey, who presided over the church, and other members, devoted their lives to the anti-slavery cause not only in voice but also abolitionist activity. By the mid-1800s, their work, as well as the fact that Bloomingburg had become home to a vibrant African American community, led to the town becoming the area center for the Underground Railroad, which helped transport many fugitive slaves to freedom in the north. Six soldiers from the American Revolutionary War, nineteen from the War of 1812, and over 100 from the Civil War and Spanish-American War are buried in the Bloomingburg Cemetery, including Henry Casey, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor at Vicksburg.
Erected 2005 by Fayette County Travel and Tourism Bureau and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-24.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 39° 36.127′ N, 83° 23.659′ W. Marker is in Bloomingburg, Ohio, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Ohio Route 238) and the cemetery entrance, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bloomingburg OH 43106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bloomingburg War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Bloomingburg Veterans Flag Pole (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bloomingburg Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bloomingburg Area Underground Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Judy Memorial Chapel (approx. 4˝ miles away); Harry M . Daugherty (approx. 4.6 miles away); Soldiers’ Row (approx. 4.6 miles away); Fayette County Civil War Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomingburg.
Also see . . .
1. Henry Casey, Medal of Honor. (Submitted on February 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Reverend William Dickey(Submitted on February 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,547 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.