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2003, February 13
Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony on 13 September 2003
The Indiana Historical Bureau will dedicate a historical marker at the Porter Rea Cemetery on Saturday, September 13, 2003, at 10:00 a.m. The dedication ceremony is open to the public. Gate admission will be charged at the State Park entrance. The cemetery is located within the boundaries of Potato Creek State Park east of North on St. Road 4. The cemetery is one of the earliest grave yards in St. Joseph County dating to 1841. African Americans from the Huggart Settlement/Olive Branch Church area are buried in the cemetery which is not segregated. Approximately 600 people are buried in the pioneer cemetery which includes a number of Victorian influences such as carriage paths, cedar trees, a pitcher pump, and family plots enclosed by cement or stone boundaries. Common names from the area include Shupert, Geyer, Newcomer, Houser, Knepp, Huggart, Bass, Manuel, Sousley, Rexstraw, Simpson, Smith, Morrow, Howell, Wharton, Workman, Stieme, Cook, Fryar, Kane, Mangus, Heim, Young, Porter, Rea, Long, Gard, Rupel, Sheneman, Schrader, and Hall. Porter Rea remains an active cemetery and is maintained by Porter Cemetery Association.
This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of North Liberty and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.
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