Near North Liberty in St. Joseph County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Porter (Rea) Cemetery
This cemetery was officially created September 6, 1854 when Samuel Gard deeded land to trustees for a burial ground. Free African-American settlers from Huggart Settlement were buried here alongside their white neighbors, not segregated. Porter Cemetery Association was formed May 9, 1884 with both white and African-American charter members.
Cemetery has always been a neighborhood burial ground for members from churches of various denominations. It has been called Porter Rea for decades perhaps because both Porter and Rea families owned adjacent land. Although enclosed in Potato Creek State Park, it remains an active independent cemetery managed by Porter Cemetery Association.
Erected 2003 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Friends of Porter Rea, and Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. (Marker Number 71.2003.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 41° 32.913′ N, 86° 21.116′ W. Marker is near North Liberty, Indiana, in St. Joseph County. Marker can be reached from Pine Road half a mile north of Pierce Road (County Road 4). Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. People Make the Difference (approx. one mile away); A Champion of Farmland to Parkland (approx. one mile away); Huggart Settlement (approx. 2.3 miles away); Indiana Territorial Line (approx. 7 miles away); Harold C. Urey (approx. 8.8 miles away); Walkerton World War II Memorial (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Sons of Israel Synagogue (approx. 9.8 miles away); Site of Home of Schuyler Colfax (approx. 10.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Liberty.
Also see . . . IHB Annotations. The Indiana Historical Bureau provides annotations for the text of the marker on their website. (Submitted on February 6, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 377 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 17, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.