Westwood Memorial Celebration
Of John Ramsey
Born in Slavery, died a hero
John Ramsey, ca 1825-1910
John Ramsey was a 'hod carrier' who hauled mortar and bricks for the construction of
the First Congregationanst Church in 1842. He worked for J. M. Fitch, the publisher of
the Oberlin Evangelist, for six years.
He was a founder and Deacon of the Oberlin's first African American Methodist Church,
know today as Rust United Methodist Church.
He spent his last days in Lorain County Infirmary, where he died on January 26th, 1910.
Closing Ceremony - Lighting of the Candles
Oberlin Juneteenth Board Valerie Lawson, Co-Chair
Musical Performers Shirly Chambers, Daniel Spearman
Commentators Eugenia Bobo, Adenike Sharpley
Advisor Margaret Christian
Monuments Milano Monuments - Cleveland
Flowers Carlyle Flower shop - Oberlin
Westwood Cemetery Mike Ives
Printing The UPS Store - Oberlin