Text of State Historic Marker
Among the original settlement families are those of Micajah Revels, Ishmael Roberts, Walden Stewart, Wesley Barton, Charles Allen, Jefferson Craft, Samuel Arms, Elijah Bass, Charles Harris, Alfred Weaver, Thomas Shivers, Samuel Waldron, Burrell Murphy and Hugh Patterson.
Most of the families were "free persons of color" who trace their origins to tri-racial isolated communities in North Carolina and Indiana. They made the long journey to Wisconsin with the assistance of the Quaker Religion Society of Friends. Many of these descendants intermarried with their neighbors and integrated into the greater society.
By the end of the 1880's, most of the original mixed race settlers had arrived in the valley. One of the later arrivals was Thomas Shivers and his family. The Shivers prospered and also intermarried with their white and mixed race neighbors. Two noteworthy residents; Alga Shivers and Flora Revels Waldon Shivers married late in life and had no children of their own. However,they raised several foster children, gave selflessly of themselves to their families and neighbors, and were loved and respected by the Cheyenne Valley and Hillsboro communities. They both remained in the valley until their deaths just over 20 years ago.