Bloomingburg Area Underground Railroad

Bloomingburg Area Underground Railroad (HM2AH8)

Location: Bloomingburg, OH 43106 Fayette County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 36.418', W 83° 23.832'

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Recognized by many as "one of the most active communities in Southwestern Ohio, the Bloomingburg area was a significant link in the Underground Railroad. As many as twelve to sixteen escaped slaves were said to have been passed through the Bloomingburg area at one time. The Bloomingburg Presbyterian Church was the center for Underground Railroad activity, in coordination with the Fayette County Anti-Slavery Society. The church, led by Rev. William Dickey and Col. James Stewart, both staunch abolitionists, was organized on November 22, 1817. The current church, built in 1847, still stands today along with several other structures that were used as stations on the Underground Railroad. The Fullertons, Dickeys, Usticks, Steeles, Edwardses, Stewarts, Alexanders, and Gillespies served as station keepers and operators. The Fayette County Anti-Slavery Society was organized in Bloomingburg on May 27, 1835, with 52 members. Col. James Stewart at one time served as one of the Vice-Presidents of the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society.
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The great success of this areas abolitionist movement was also aided by the African American community in Bloomingburg. This community was composed of many ex-slaves and free blacks who served as conductors on the Underground



Railroad. Littlebury Stewart registered his free papers in 1835, which made his family one of the first free families of color in Fayette County.
Joseph Stillgess was an African American conductor. He stated: "I would take the fugitives (slaves) in a spring wagon to the house (William Ustick)... This sort of thing went on all the time when I was there at Bloomingburg." Bloomingburg is located on the east fork of Paint Creek, a key route that the fugitive slaves followed. In the Paint Valley area were many stops such as Chillicothe, Frankfort, Good Hope, Greenfield, Roxabel, South Salem, and Washington Court House. Without the assistance of these important links, the Bloomingburg Area Underground Railroad would not have been possible.
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HM NumberHM2AH8
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Year Placed2017
Placed ByFriends of Freedom Society
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Date Added Friday, August 17th, 2018 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 294196 N 4386881
Decimal Degrees39.60696667, -83.39720000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 36.418', W 83° 23.832'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 36' 25.08" N, 83° 23' 49.92" W
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Area Code(s)740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 61 Main St, Bloomingburg OH 43106, US
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