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Near Hillsboro in Vernon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

African American Settlers of Cheyenne Valley

 
 
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By Keith L, May 5, 2009
1. African American Settlers of Cheyenne Valley Marker
Inscription.  The Cheyenne Valley area near Hillsboro was Wisconsin’s largest rural African American settlement in the 19th century. The State’s early defiance of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act and the later demise of the slavery system after the Civil War encouraged freed slaves to settle in Wisconsin. Nearly 150 African American settlers, with the assistance of the Quaker religious order, came to Hillsboro, where they successfully farmed. Many settlers became landowners, and a few, like Thomas Shivers who was born on a Tennessee plantation, owned large acreages. The African American settlers socialized well with neighboring European immigrants, establishing among the State’s the first integrated schools, churches and sporting teams. Thomas Shiver’s son, Alga Shivers, was a notable builder, designing and constructing many of Vernon County’s round barns in the early 20th century. The advent of the automobile, and other elements of change, led to the gradual decline of the rural African American population.
 
Erected 1997 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 383.)
 
Topics and series. This
African American Settlers of Cheyenne Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
2. African American Settlers of Cheyenne Valley Marker
historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 43° 38.964′ N, 90° 21.015′ W. Marker is near Hillsboro, Wisconsin, in Vernon County. Marker can be reached from Elm Street 0.1 miles north of Water Avenue (Wisconsin Highway 80), on the left when traveling north. Marker is in Cheyenne Settlers Heritage Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hillsboro WI 54634, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mt. Vernon Cemetery Civil War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Admiral Marc A. Mitscher, U.S. Navy (approx. ¼ mile away); The Lost District (approx. 6.2 miles away); Elroy – Sparta State Trail (approx. 7.6 miles away); St. Patrick's (approx. 9.1 miles away); a different marker also named Elroy – Sparta State Trail (approx. 10 miles away); Rockbridge (approx. 14.1 miles away); Pier Park (approx. 14.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hillsboro.
 
Also see . . .
1. Cheyenne Valley. (Submitted on May 7, 2009.)
2. Heritage Road Tour Map. (Submitted on May 7, 2009.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 7, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,434 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on October 2, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 7, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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