Captina African Methodist Episcopal Cemetery

Captina African Methodist Episcopal Cemetery (HM1I2T)

Location: Barnesville, OH 43713 Belmont County
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N 39° 56.326', W 81° 8.799'

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This cemetery stands as evidence of a once thriving African American farming community established in the 1820s. With the aid of community leader, Alexander "Sandy" Harper (c.1804-1889), Captina, originally called Guinea, became a stop on the Underground Railroad, a national network, shrouded in secrecy, of volunteers who directed slaves northward. Harper is buried in this cemetery, along with Benjamin Oliver McMichael (1865-1941), an educator who taught for twelve years in Captina/ Flatrock at a segregated schoolhouse. There are 113 known burials in the cemetery, including nine Civil War veterans. At this site in 1825, an African Methodist Episcopal Church was established to serve the community. Many of its members left Captina to work in cities, but the church continued services until 1962. The building then fell into disrepair and collapsed during a windstorm in 1978.
HM NumberHM1I2T
Marker Number8-7
Year Placed2002
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The Dean Martin Committee, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, November 29th, 2014 at 5:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 487470 N 4420971
Decimal Degrees39.93876667, -81.14665000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 56.326', W 81° 8.799'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 56' 19.56" N, 81° 8' 47.94" W
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Area Code(s)740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 57998 Township Hwy 30, Barnesville OH 43713, US
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