Rendville is a little town in Perry County with a big story to tell. That story includes the fact that the first African American doctor in Ohio worked in Rendville, which has a population of only 41. And that doctor - Isaiah Tuppins - was the first elected African-American mayor in the state. An Ohio Historical Marker was dedicated today celebrating Rendville as the town that broke the color barrier, and John Winnenberg helped make it happen.
Winnenberg is with Sunday Creek Associates, a non-profit group that is working to preserve and promote the history of the area. The new historical marker is just one step toward preserving Rendville's story. With the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, another preservation group is also creating an audio tour of the region.