Africa Community

Africa Community (HMDJC)

Location: Galena, OH 43021 Delaware County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 11.066', W 82° 57.763'

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Marker Front:
Samuel Patterson arrived in East Orange in 1824 and, within a few years, began to hide runaway slaves in his home. He also invited anti-slavery speakers to the pulpit of the East Orange Methodist Church, which brought Patterson and his neighbors into conflict with the bishop. Following their consciences, they became Wesleyan Methodists and built a new church. A pro-slavery neighbor mocked them by calling their community Africa, and so East Orange was renamed. The village has disappeared, but several homes owned by Patterson and his neighbors still stand in this vicinity.

Marker Reverse:
In 1859 slaves from a North Carolina plantation owned by the Alston family were sent north. The plantation's mistress had disapproved of slavery and made arrangements for the slaves to travel to Ohio and freedom. These slaves moved to the community of Africa, lived in log homes, were employed by the anti-slavery farmers, and joined the Wesleyan Methodist Church. After the Civil War the freed slaves left Africa and settled in the communities of Delaware and Westerville, and Van Wert and Paulding counties.
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HM NumberHMDJC
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
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Marker Number6-21
Year Placed2003
Placed ByThe Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The P & G Fund, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 3:28am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 332909 N 4450074
Decimal Degrees40.18443333, -82.96271667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 11.066', W 82° 57.763'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 11' 3.96" N, 82° 57' 45.78" W
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Area Code(s)614, 740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4019 Big Walnut Rd, Galena OH 43021, US
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