Free Blacks of Israel Hill

Free Blacks of Israel Hill (HMINS)

Location: Farmville, VA 23901 Prince Edward County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 18.794', W 78° 25.354'

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Just to the west lies Israel Hill, settled in 1810-1811 by approximately ninety formerly enslaved persons who received freedom and 350 acres from Judith Randolph under the will of her husband, Richard Randolph, cousin of Thomas Jefferson. These "Israelites" and other free African Americans worked as farmers, craftspeople, and Appomattox River boatmen; some labored alongside whites for equal wages and defended their rights in court. The family of early settler Hercules White bought and sold real estate in Farmville and joined with white citizens to found the town's first Baptist church in 1836. Israel Hill remained a vigorous black community into the twentieth century.
Marker NumberI 14-a
Year Placed2009
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 9:42am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 728406 N 4132736
Decimal Degrees37.31323333, -78.42256667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.794', W 78° 25.354'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 47.64" N, 78° 25' 21.24" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2300-2374 Co Rd 695, Farmville VA 23901, US
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