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Near Union City in Randolph County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Union Literary Institute

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 3, 2018
1. Union Literary Institute Marker
close up, side A
Inscription. Union Literary Institute was one of the first schools to offer higher education without regard to color or sex before the Civil War. It was established in 1846 by a biracial board, including free blacks from nearby settlements. At the time, Indiana laws did not allow blacks to attend the public schools. Students labored four hours a day in exchange for room and board.
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The school was supported by local and national donations, including land. Ebenezer Tucker was the first teacher, and notable attendees included Hiram Revels, the first black U.S. Senator, and James S. Hinton, the first black elected to the Indiana House of Representatives. In 1860 a two-story brick structure was built. The school was a noted Underground Railroad stop.
 
Erected 2016 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Union Literary Institute Preservation. (Marker Number IHB 68.201.)
 
Location. 40° 4.691′ N, 84° 48.952′ W. Marker is near Union City, Indiana, in Randolph County. Marker is at the intersection of Stingley Rd (County Route 600 S) and South Arba Pike (County Route 850 E), on the right when traveling east on

Union Literary Institute Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 3, 2018
2. Union Literary Institute Marker
close up, side B
Stingley Rd. Touch for map. marker is just a couple hundred yards west of the Ohio-Indiana State Line. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8605 East Road 600 S, Union City IN 47390, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tecumseh / Shawnee Prophet's Town (approx. 9.1 miles away in Ohio); Fort Jefferson (approx. 9.2 miles away in Ohio); Fort Jefferson: A Link in a Chain (approx. 9.2 miles away in Ohio); Fort Jefferson / St. Clair’s Defeat (approx. 9.2 miles away in Ohio); Fort Black (approx. 9.4 miles away in Ohio); In Memory of Tecumseh (approx. 9.4 miles away in Ohio); Greenville Union Cemetery Cannon (approx. 9˝ miles away in Ohio); Darke County Civil War Monument (approx. 9˝ miles away in Ohio).
 
Additional keywords. Underground Railroad
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansEducation
 
Union Literary Institute Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 3, 2018
3. Union Literary Institute Marker
full view, looking west into Indiana
Union Literary Institute Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 3, 2018
4. Union Literary Institute Marker
full view, looking east into Ohio
Union Literary Institute Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 3, 2018
5. Union Literary Institute Marker
the marker and the schoolhouse
Union Literary Institute Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 3, 2018
6. Union Literary Institute Marker
the old brick schoolhouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 3, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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