Gallipolis in Gallia County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Pine Street Colored Cemetery
This 4-acre plot, established ca. 1860 by John Gee, is a burial ground for local colored citizens. John Gee was a religious leader as well as a skilled carpenter who built houses in early Gallipolis. Some Gallipolis colored pioneers were artisans while others came to work in the homes of French settlers. Leah Stewart, the first legally-recorded colored person in Gallia County, arrived in 1803.
In this cemetery are the graves of numerous soldiers who served in this country's military forces. At least 57 United States veterans rest upon this sacred site.
Several local citizens, also buried here, have contributed to this community's development. Included are Willis Battles, a carpenter; Daniel Webster, a restaurateur; Lemuel Holmes, a cooper; George Mason, a shoemaker; Mulligan Connor, a banker; Henry Bell, a plasterer; Mary Washington, a nurse; and Phoebe Smith, founder of the Mutual Aid Society. Robert Mitchell led the way to an early desegregation of the Gallipolis Public Schools. Because of his efforts, Gallia Academy High School became integrated in 1918.
Erected 1998 by Gallia County Historical Society, O.O. McIntyre Park District, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 10-27.)
Marker series. Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 38° 49.105′ N, 82° 11.997′ W. Marker is in Gallipolis, Ohio, in Gallia County. Marker is on Pine Street (Ohio Route 160), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is about 200 feet south of the intersection of Pine Street with Vinton Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 135 Pine Street, Gallipolis OH 45631, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hon. Samuel Finley Vinton (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memoriam (approx. 0.2 miles away); African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); U.S. Army General Hospital (approx. half a mile away); Charles E. Holzer, Sr., M.D. (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Dunmore War 1774 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Stone Water Towers (approx. ¾ mile away); Our House (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gallipolis.
Categories. • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Civil Rights • Education • Military • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism • Settlements & Settlers •
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