PP African American Settlement / Eden Baptist Church

PP African American Settlement / Eden Baptist Church (HMGU4)

Location: Waverly, OH 45690 Pike County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 10.752', W 83° 7.26'

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Side A: PP African American Settlement
Thirteen African American families migrated to Pebble Township in Pike County in the early 1820s from Virginia. Some of the families were former slaves while others were freeborn people of color. Their farm knowledge and skill helped to make them prosperous, angering some of their white neighbors who began a campaign of harassment. Ten of the original African American settlers eventually moved away, but despite the difficulties with the white population, other African Americans continued to arrive to the settlement. They founded a church, later known as the Eden Baptist Church, built a meeting hall, and organized a school. Several of the families were also involved in the activity of the Underground Railroad. The PP Settlement thrived until the 1950s when, for economic reasons, residents moved to other communities.

Side B: Eden Baptist Church
The residents of PP Settlement organized the Eden Baptist Church, formerly known as the Union Baptist Church of the PP Hills, in 1824. The cemetery, located about three miles south, marks the original site of the church. It was established as an anti-slavery Baptist Church taking a proactive stand against slavery. Several of the members of the congregation were station keepers on the Underground Railroad. The church served as the social and religious center for this African American community. Though the PP Settlement declined in the last half of the twentieth century, the Eden Baptist Church continued its religious leadership.
HM NumberHMGU4
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number7-66
Year Placed2003
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The P & G Fund, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 316794 N 4338805
Decimal Degrees39.17920000, -83.12100000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 10.752', W 83° 7.26'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 10' 45.12" N, 83° 7' 15.60" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1500-2040 Nipgen Rd, Waverly OH 45690, US
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