There are three (3) historical markers acknowledging African Americans and their contributions in the City of Erie.

African Americans in Battle of Lake Erie
Dedicated: Tuesday, September 10, 1996
County: Erie
Marker Type: City
Categories: African American, Military, War of 1812

Location: Erie Maritime Museum, 150 E. Front St., Erie

Marker Text: These skilled crewmen were among those who enabled Oliver Hazard Perry to defeat and capture a British squadron, Sept. 10,1813. Their participation--critical to victory--secured a place for African Americans in the region's history.


Harry T. Burleigh
Dedicated: Thursday, February 21, 1952
County: Erie
Marker Type: Roadside
Categories: African American, Music & Theater, Performers

Location: E. 6th St. (Alternate Pa. 5), Erie

Marker Text: Eminent American baritone, composer, and arranger, was born 3 blocks north in 1866. He arranged "Deep River" and other spirituals, and set to music poems by Walt Whitman. Was a student and associate of Dvorak. He died in 1949.


St. James A.M.E. Church
Dedicated: 1994
County: Erie
Marker Type: City
Categories: African American, Religion

Location: E. 12th St. (Pa. 5) at Holland in Erie

Marker Text: At 236 E. 11th Street. Founded 1874, this is Erie's oldest African-American congregation. Five of its first six members were women. Originally at 3rd & German Streets, this church has long ministered to the spiritual and social needs of the Erie community.