Bloomingburg in Fayette County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Bloomingburg Presbyterian Church and cemetery was established in the northwest corner of the current cemetery grounds on March 7, 1818. Several years later it became a center for anti-slavery activity. The Reverend William Dickey, who presided over the church, and other members, devoted their lives to the anti-slavery cause not only in voice but also abolitionist activity. By the mid-1800s, their work, as well as the fact that Bloomingburg had become home to a vibrant African American community, led to the town becoming the area center for the Underground Railroad, which helped transport many fugitive slaves to freedom in the north. Six soldiers from the American Revolutionary War, nineteen from the War of 1812, and over 100 from the Civil War and Spanish-American War are buried in the Bloomingburg Cemetery, including Henry Casey, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor at Vicksburg.
Erected 2005 by Fayette County Travel and Tourism Bureau and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-24.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 36.127′ N, 83° 23.659′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bloomingburg OH 43106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bloomingburg War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Judy Memorial Chapel (approx. 4˝ miles away); Harry M . Daugherty (approx. 4.6 miles away); Soldiers’ Row (approx. 4.6 miles away); Fayette County Civil War Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away); St. Colman Church and Cemetery (approx. 4.8 miles away); Washington Court House (approx. 4.9 miles away); Morris Sharp House (approx. 4.9 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Henry Casey, Medal of Honor. (Submitted on February 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Beginnings of the Underground Railroad in Ohio. (Submitted on February 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Reverend William Dickey. (Submitted on February 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights • Heroes • Military • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism • Settlements & Settlers • War of 1812 • War, Spanish-American • War, US Civil • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,391 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.