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Near Pomeroy in Meigs County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

James Edwin Campbell

 
 
James Edwin Campbell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 6, 2009
1. James Edwin Campbell Marker
Inscription.  
James Edwin Campbell was born on September 28, 1867, in the Kerr's Run area of Pomeroy to James and Letha Campbell. He graduated from Pomeroy High School with the class of 1884. After graduation, Campbell taught in various parts of Meigs County. Campbell achieved notoriety as an African American poet, editor, author of short stories, and educator. He began his writing in 1887 with the work Driftings and Gleanings. During the 1880s and 1890s, he wrote regularly for daily newspapers in Chicago and was employed on the literary staff of the Chicago Times-Herald. His dialect poetry attracted wide-spread popularity and he published a collection of his best works, Echoes From the Cabin and Elsewhere. Campbell was installed as the first president of the West Virginia Colored Institute (West Virginia State University), serving in the capacity from 1891 to 1894. James Edwin Campbell died in Pomeroy on January 26, 1896.
 
Erected 2007 by Meigs County Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 19-53.)
 
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these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEducation. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection, and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1904.
 
Location. 39° 1.708′ N, 82° 0.116′ W. Marker has been reported damaged. Marker is near Pomeroy, Ohio, in Meigs County. Marker is on Main Street (Ohio Route 124) ¼ mile east of Nye Avenue (Ohio Route 833), on the right when traveling east. Marker is in Waterworks Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pomeroy OH 45769, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Kerrs Run Colored School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Three Sycamore Trees (approx. 0.2 miles away); Valentine Baxter Horton (approx. 1.3 miles away); Village of Pomeroy (approx. 1.6 miles away); Virgil A. Lewis (approx. 1.7 miles away in West
James Edwin Campbell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 6, 2009
2. James Edwin Campbell Marker
Looking west along the Ohio River toward Pomeroy.
Virginia); Morgan's Raid Route / Meigs County Courthouse (approx. 1.7 miles away); Spanish Cannon (approx. 1.7 miles away); Meigs County Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pomeroy.
 
More about this marker. Funds to erect this marker came from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.
 
Also see . . .
1. James Edwin Campbell. (Submitted on March 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. James Edwin Campbell. (Submitted on March 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
James Edwin Campbell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 6, 2009
3. James Edwin Campbell Marker
Waterworks Park Sponsors image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 6, 2009
4. Waterworks Park Sponsors
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,107 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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