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If you are enjoying today as a holiday in the Buckeye state, you have a man buried near this monument to thank.

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John Patterson Green (1845-1940) was the representative in the Ohio House of Representatives who introduced the bill that established Labor Day in Ohio. Over the course of his career, he was a lawyer, justice of the peace, state representative, state senator, and Government Stamp Agent. A Republican party member, he was an advocate for civil rights.

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(Apologies for photo quality – this side is for two of Green’s sons.)

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Despite his political career and its historical significance – he was the first African-American elected to office in Cuyahoga County and to the state Senate (and only second in the state House) in addition to founding Labor Day – the monument does not indicate his burial here. His name appears only as a husband and father. The cemetery foundation has been able to verify his interment through cemetery records.

The back side of the monument is blank, possibly meant for him.

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