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Mount Pleasant Historic District

Mount Pleasant, Ohio
County of Jefferson.
Union Street alleys, Cemetery Street, & Market Street
National Register Number: 74001536
Resource type: District.
The threat level was Watch in
Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: town.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 5, 2005):
The town of Mount Pleasant was established in 1803 by Robert Carothers, an Irishman from Virginia, and Jesse Thomas, a Quaker from North Carolina. It is important for the role it played in the antislavery movement and the Underground Railroad. Incorportated in 1814, the town mecame a center for pork packing and shipping, and was especially successful in the milling industry. The strong Quaker population in Mount Pleasant preached and practiced its abolitionist views and published antislavery literature, such as Benjamin Lundy's "Genius of Universal Emancipation." A station on the Underground Railroad, the town was a refuge for fugitive slaves and a welcome home for free blacks. Local residents built and administered a school for free black children, and in 1848 established a Free Labor Store which sold no products produced by slave labor.

There are several threats to the district at this time. The Benjamin Lundy House NHL has an absentee landowner and is not being cared for. The Amos Jones House has no occupant and the owner can’t afford to care for the building and has received quotes to tear it down. A lack of tourism threatens the community and the local historical society operates on a very small budget.

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