Mount Pleasant in Jefferson County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Benjamin Lundy Home / Free Labor Store
Benjamin Lundy Home. After witnessing the slave trade in Wheeling, Virginia, Quaker abolitionist Benjamin Lundy (1789-1839) resolved to battle the institution, first organizing the Union Humane Society in St. Clairsville in 1815. In 1821, Lundy moved to Mount Pleasant and began publishing the Genius of Universal Emancipation, a newspaper devoted wholly to anti-slavery issues. The newspaper would later be published in Tennessee, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. Lundy traveled widely to promote circulation, lecturing on the moral evils of slavery and its associated negative economic and social effects. The Lundy home served as an Underground Railroad stop.
Free Labor Store. Built in 1813, the left side of this structure was the site of the Free Labor Store. Residents of Mount Pleasant, a predominately Quaker community, organized the Mount Pleasant Free Produce Company in 1848 "for the sale of goods, wares, and merchandise in general which shall be exclusively the product of free labor." The store operated until 1857 when the company was dissolved. The dissolution of the Free Produce Company was
Erected 2003 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the P&G Fund, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-41.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • Communications • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks, the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection, and the Quakerism series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1815.
Location. 40° 10.493′ N, 80° 48.209′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, Ohio, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Union Street (Ohio Route 647) and Market Street, on the right when traveling east on Union Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 489 Union St, Dillonvale OH 43917, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Free Labor Store / Benjamin Lundy House (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace of Moses Fleetwood Walker (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Gill House (within shouting distance of this marker); Elizabeth House Mansion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Quakers and Wars During the 1900s / Quakers and the Civil WarAnti-Slavery Pioneer / Schisms (about 500 feet away); Mount Pleasant's Beginnings / The Testimony of Equality (about 500 feet away); Mount Pleasant Today / What Is A Quaker? (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2010, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,409 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 1, 2010, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. 5. submitted on December 21, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.