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Warren County

African American rural settlements documented: 0

Warren County was formed in 1827, and the first African Americans in the county were recorded in the 1850 federal decennial census.  By 1860, this number had almost doubled to 17, and to 22 by 1870, mostly living within white households.  This area of the state did not experience the significant influx of black population that many other Indiana counties had realized after the Civil War.  There is no indication that the black population established a school or church, and no landownership was reported in 1850 (Heller).


Ancestry.com. “U.S. Federal Census 1820-1870,” accessed June 20, 2014.

Heller, Herbert Lynn. “Negro Education in Indiana from 1816 to 1860.” PhD diss., Indiana University, 1951.

By Dona Stokes-Lucas, August 1, 2014