#9. New Guinea Black Colony

Around 1805, a colony of black people was located in Lexington township, one mile east of Williamsport, on the north side of the Mahoning River. This settlement comprised about two hundred people, and was made up chiefly of fugitives and freedmen from Virginia. They were orderly, industrious, and esteemed good citizens. The territory extended over several square miles of irregular contour and was laconically called “New Guinea.”