Near North Liberty in St. Joseph County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Porter (Rea) Cemetery
This cemetery was officially created September 6, 1854 when Samuel Gard deeded land to trustees for a burial ground. Free African-American settlers from Huggart Settlement were buried here alongside their white neighbors, not segregated. Porter Cemetery Association was formed May 9, 1884 with both white and African-American charter members.
Cemetery has always been a neighborhood burial ground for members from churches of various denominations. It has been called Porter Rea for decades perhaps because both Porter and Rea families owned adjacent land. Although enclosed in Potato Creek State Park, it remains an active independent cemetery managed by Porter Cemetery Association.
Erected 2003 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Friends of Porter Rea, and Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. (Marker Number 71.2003.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 9, 1895.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25601 State Route 4, North Liberty IN 46554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. People Make the Difference (approx. one mile away); A Champion of Farmland to Parkland (approx. one mile away); Huggart Settlement (approx. 2.3 miles away); Indiana Territorial Line (approx. 7 miles away); Harold C. Urey (approx. 8.8 miles away); Walkerton World War II Memorial (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Sons of Israel Synagogue (approx. 9.8 miles away); Schuyler Colfax (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Liberty.
Also see . . . IHB Annotations. The Indiana Historical Bureau provides annotations for the text of the marker on their website. (Submitted on February 6, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 563 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 17, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.