George DeBaptiste Homesite

George DeBaptiste Homesite (HM9EH)

Location: Detroit, MI 48226 Wayne County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 19.887', W 83° 2.423'

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George DeBaptiste, a long-time Mason, and one of Detroit's most active and impassioned black community leaders, lived on this site during the 1850s and 60s. Born in Virginia about 1815, he moved to Madison, Indiana in 1838 and became involved in the Underground Railroad. Forced to leave because of his anti-slavery activities, DeBaptiste became the personal valet of General William Henry Harrison, whom he accompanied to the White House as a steward. In 1846, DeBaptiste came to Detroit and conducted several successful businesses. At the same time he served as a delegate to the Cleveland National Convention of Colored Citizens, and as an agent for the Freedman's Aid Commission. During the Civil War, he served as an organizer of Michigan's Colored Regiment. DeBaptiste died in 1875.
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HM NumberHM9EH
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
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Marker NumberS0452
Year Placed1975
Placed ByState of Michigan
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 4:39pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 331896 N 4688593
Decimal Degrees42.33145000, -83.04038333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.887', W 83° 2.423'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 53.22" N, 83° 2' 25.38" W
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Area Code(s)313, 586, 734, 248
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-498 E Larned St, Detroit MI 48226, US
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