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Youngstown in Mahoning County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Oscar D. Boggess Homestead / Boggess Quarry

 
 
Oscar D. Boggess Homestead Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 12, 2011
1. Oscar D. Boggess Homestead Marker (Side A)
Inscription.
Side A: Oscar D. Boggess Homestead
Oscar D. Boggess (1832-1907) was born in Virginia, the son of a slave and her master. He and his family were granted freedom in the will of his father and master. The will was contested up to the United States Supreme Court, which upheld Boggess' freedom. Boggess moved to Pennsylvania at age 20, and during the Civil War, joined the 43rd United States Colored Troops. He earned the Butler Medal of Honor for bravery at the Battle of the Crater near Petersburg, Virginia, in July 1864. Boggess moved to Youngstown after the war, and worked as a stonemason. He was a charter member of Tod Post 29, Grand Army of the Republic, in Youngstown, and a co-founder of the Oak Hill Avenue African Methodist Episcopal Church, the city's first African American religious congregation. The Boggess home, formerly located near this site, hosted the church's first meetings in 1870.

Side B: Boggess Quarry
Oscar D. Boggess was one of many African American tradesmen who moved to Youngstown during and after the Civil War to work during the city's nineteenth century building boom. He built his house on 2.78 acres of land near this site after he arrived in 1866, and lived there until his death in 1907. Family tradition states that Boggess, a stonemason, quarried sandstone on the northern edge of
Boggess Quarry (Side B) Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 12, 2011
2. Boggess Quarry (Side B) Marker
his property along Boggess Street (now vacated). Evidence on nearby outcroppings suggests he removed the stone by building fires against the rock face, then dousing the red-hot rock with water, causing it to break free. This quarry produced low quality sandstone in small pieces that were used to build house foundations and retaining walls in the surrounding neighborhood.
 
Erected 2006 by City of Youngstown and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 16-50.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 5.738′ N, 80° 40.002′ W. Marker is in Youngstown, Ohio, in Mahoning County. Marker is on Edwards Street near Hawthorne Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Youngstown OH 44502, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harry Burt and Good Humor / Ross Radio Company (approx. 0.8 miles away); Warner Brothers (approx. 0.8 miles away); Little Steel Strike (approx. one mile away); Pioneer Pavilion / Mill Creek Furnace (approx. 1.1 miles away); St. Elizabeth Hospital
Boggess Quarry Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 12, 2011
3. Boggess Quarry Marker
Looking north toward Hawthorne Street
(approx. 1.4 miles away); St. Augustine Episcopal Chapel (approx. 1.4 miles away); Crandall Park (approx. 2.6 miles away); Newport Village Historic District (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Youngstown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Oscar D. Boggess. (Submitted on June 28, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Oscar D. Boggess, Butler Medal Recipient. (Submitted on June 28, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Oscar D. Boggess at Find A Grave. (Submitted on June 28, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWar, US Civil
 
Oscar D. Boggess Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, December 8, 2014
4. Oscar D. Boggess Homestead Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 543 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 28, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on December 8, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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