Near Waverly in Pike County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
PP African American Settlement / Eden Baptist Church
Side A: PP African American Settlement
Thirteen African American families migrated to Pebble Township in Pike County in the early 1820s from Virginia. Some of the families were former slaves while others were freeborn people of color. Their farm knowledge and skill helped to make them prosperous, angering some of their white neighbors who began a campaign of harassment. Ten of the original African American settlers eventually moved away, but despite the difficulties with the white population, other African Americans continued to arrive to the settlement. They founded a church, later known as the Eden Baptist Church, built a meeting hall, and organized a school. Several of the families were also involved in the activity of the Underground Railroad. The PP Settlement thrived until the 1950s when, for economic reasons, residents moved to other communities.
Side B: Eden Baptist Church
The residents of PP Settlement organized the Eden Baptist Church, formerly known as the Union Baptist Church of the PP Hills, in 1824. The cemetery, located about three miles south, marks the original site of the church. It was established as an anti-slavery Baptist Church taking a proactive stand against slavery. Several of the members of the congregation were station keepers on the Underground Railroad. The church served
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The P & G Fund, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 7-66.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 10.752′ N, 83° 7.26′ W. Marker is near Waverly, Ohio, in Pike County. Marker is on Nipgen Road (County Route 34) one mile west of Turkey Run Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Church and marker are about 8 miles WNW of Waverly. Marker is in this post office area: Waverly OH 45690, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Last Battle in the Scioto Country (approx. 7.4 miles away); Pike County Veterans Memorial (approx. 8 miles away); Pike County Revolutionary Soldiers (approx. 8 miles away); Pike County Twentieth-Century War Memorial (approx. 8 miles away); Canal Park (approx. Stoney Ridge (approx. 8.1 miles away); Pike County Courthouse (approx. 8.2 miles away); War Savings Stamps (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waverly.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights • Man-Made Features • Notable Buildings • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,150 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 10, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.