Piqua's Early African-American Heritage

Piqua's Early African-American Heritage (HMB79)

Location: Piqua, OH 45356 Miami County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 7.77', W 84° 14.148'

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Side A: Piqua's Early African-American Heritage
African-American history began in Piqua with the settlement of Arthur Davis in 1818 and expanded with the settlement of the freed Randolph slaves of Virginia in 1846. African-American religious heritage in Piqua began with the Cyrene African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1853 and the Second Baptist Church (Park Avenue) in 1857. Segregated education started in 1854 at the Cyrene Church and ended in 1885 at the Boone Street School. Several Piqua African-American men circumvented Ohio's early ban against Civil War military service by joining the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Regiments. Following the Civil War an African-American Co-operative Trade Association established Piqua's first African-American retail store.

Side B: Goodrich Giles
Goodrich Giles (1846-1927) exemplified the enterprising spirit of the first African-American Co-operative Association. During his fifty plus years in Piqua he became the first local African-American to become a prominent employer (Cottage Livery Stable), to run for public office (election of 1886), and to become a large scale capital investor (stockholder of the Third National Bank). In 1927 Giles and Carl P. Anderson built the Classic Theater in Dayton, Ohio, one of the first Ohio theaters run by African-Americans for African-American audiences.
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HM NumberHMB79
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
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Marker Number4-55
Year Placed1993
Placed ByCity of Piqua and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 8:00am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 735520 N 4445793
Decimal Degrees40.12950000, -84.23580000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 7.77', W 84° 14.148'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 7' 46.20" N, 84° 14' 8.88" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1201-1399 N Co Rd 25A, Piqua OH 45356, US
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