African American Settlers of Cheyenne Valley

African American Settlers of Cheyenne Valley (HMOB9)

Location: Hillsboro, WI 54634 Vernon County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 38.964', W 90° 21.015'

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The Cheyenne Valley area near Hillsboro was Wisconsin's largest rural African American settlement in the 19th century. The State's early defiance of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act and the later demise of the slavery system after the Civil War encouraged freed slaves to settle in Wisconsin. Nearly 150 African American settlers, with the assistance of the Quaker religious order, came to Hillsboro, where they successfully farmed. Many settlers became landowners, and a few, like Thomas Shivers who was born on a Tennessee plantation, owned large acreages. The African American settlers socialized well with neighboring European immigrants, establishing among the State's the first integrated schools, churches and sporting teams. Thomas Shiver's son, Alga Shivers, was a notable builder, designing and constructing many of Vernon County's round barns in the early 20th century. The advent of the automobile, and other elements of change, led to the gradual decline of the rural African American population.
HM NumberHMOB9
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number383
Year Placed1997
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 7:13pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 713692 N 4836345
Decimal Degrees43.64940000, -90.35025000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 38.964', W 90° 21.015'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 38' 57.84" N, 90° 21' 0.90" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 800-830 Elm Ave, Hillsboro WI 54634, US
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