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The West Park African American Community

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
1. The West Park African American Community Marker
Inscription.  The West Park African American community began in 1809 with the first black settler and one of the earliest residents of the area, inventor and farmer George Peake. With the growth of the railroad industry, African Americans were encouraged to move into the area to work at the New York Central Round House and Train Station located in Linndale. First among these, in 1912, were Beary Frierson and Henry Sharp. As more and more African Americans came, African American institutions followed. In 1919, Reverend Thomas Evans and the families of Herndon Anderson and Joseph Williams founded St. Paul A.M.E. Church, the first black congregation on Cleveland’s West Side. Reverend D. R. Shaw, the Ebb Strowder family and Iler Burrow established the Second Calvary Baptist Church in 1923. Both became pillars of the community.
 
Erected 2003 by the Westown Community Development Corporation, West Park Community Coalition Inc., and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 71-18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker
The West Park African American Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
2. The West Park African American Community Marker
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Location. 41° 26.573′ N, 81° 46.532′ W. Marker is in Cleveland, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on Guardian Boulevard east of West 130th Street, on the left when traveling east. It is in Brookfield Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12517 Guardian Blvd, Cleveland OH 44135, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The National Carbon Company / GrafTech International (approx. 2.4 miles away); Nicholson Homestead (approx. 2.9 miles away); Dr. Jared Potter Kirtland (approx. 3 miles away); Brookside Stadium (approx. 3.1 miles away); Rockport Cemetery of Pioneer Days (approx. 3.2 miles away); Puritas Springs Park / The Cyclone Roller Coaster (approx. 3.2 miles away); Alexander Winton Homestead (approx. 3.4 miles away); First Brick Rural Road in United States (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cleveland.
 
Categories. African AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 19, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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