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Remembering Freedom: James Clemens and The Longtown Settlement

Longtown was a predominantly African American settlement in Darke County that included people of African, European, and American Indian ancestry. The population had many freed or runaway slaves. With the establishment of a vocational school known as the Union Literary Institute, Longtown created an opportunity for African Americans to become land-owning farmers, craftsmen, skilled workers, and professionals during a period when slavery and racism were prevalent.

The Garst Museum has a permanent exhibit recognizing the importance of the Longtown community.

Remembering Freedom: James Clemens and The Longtown Settlement: A documentary describing the life and times of James Clemens and the Longtown Settlement, a multi-racial settlement on the border of Indiana and Ohio during the 1800s.

The documentary can be viewed free here:


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