Athens in Athens County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Booker T. Washington
In this house, on 11 August 1886, famed African-American educator Booker T. Washington married Olivia A. Davidson. Residents at the time were Mary Davidson Elliott (sister of Olivia) and her husband Dr. Noah Elliott, a veteran of the 26th United States Colored Infantry in the War of the Rebellion (1861-65). Olivia was a student circa 1870 at the Enterprise Academy in Albany (9 miles west). She was also an alumna of Hampton Normal A & I in Virginia, where she first met Mr. Washington when he gave the commencement address at her graduation, and Framingham State Normal School in Massachusetts. In 1881, after graduation from Framingham, she moved to Tuskegee, Alabama. There she plunged into the work of building Tuskegee Institute, of which she was a co-founder.
From the late 1800s to the mid 1900s many African Americans lived on this section of Washington Street. Just to the east, near the corner of Washington and Pratt streets, was the Athens African Methodist Episcopal Church. The building still stands and is now a residence. A local African-American notable who lived nearby, at 159 W. Washington St., was Andrew Jackson Davison, an attorney with an active practice in Athens for a number of years. His wife Eliza Brown Davison (often misspelled Davidson) was a cook for Gen.
Erected 2008 by Athens County Historical Society and Museum.
Location. 39° 19.901′ N, 82° 6.438′ W. Marker is in Athens, Ohio, in Athens County. Marker is on West Washington Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 193 West Washington Street, Athens OH 45701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Settlers in Athens County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Athens County Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Athens County Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Athens First Settlement - 1797 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ohio University 1915 Alumni Gateway (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ohio University (approx. 0.4 miles away); Student Voices (approx. half a mile away); Athens County Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Also see . . . Video - - Dedication - (10-8-2008) - Courtesy T.V. - TGC 15 "Spotlight" ::. (Submitted on August 18, 2013.)
Additional keywords. Booker T. Washington, Olivia Davidson African American Negro Black Civil War United States Colored Troops Infantry
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Civil Rights • War, US Civil •
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