The site is a cemetery containing the graves of Dr. Ira Blanchard and his family, as well as the site where Dr. Blanchard formerly lived. The cemetery is adjacent to the site where Dr. Ira Blanchard and his family had a homestead. Dr. Ira Blanchard was an abolitionist who moved to southwestern Iowa with friends from Oberlin, Ohio in the 1840’s. The group attempted to set up a society where all people would be free to start a new life. Along with being the town physician, Dr. Blanchard served as a bondsman to allow blacks to set up residence in the town. According to oral history historical documents, Blanchard’s residence was used as a safe house and Blanchard served as a conductor. The site should be commemorated both for the work Dr. Blanchard did during his lifetime, as well as the site where Blanchard and his family are now laid to rest.
Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.
Location: Undisclosed, Percival, 55555
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Township and Max Bebout
Location Type: Site
Freedom Seekers: Anne Clarke
UGRR Operatives: Dr. Ira Blanchard,John Armstrong
Religious Denominations: Baptist