The Gnadenhutten massacre monument, Gnadenhutten, Ohio.
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Credit: Courtesy of Kevin Myers

Founded in 1772 by Moravian missionary David Zeisberger, Gnadenhutten, in central Ohio, during the American Revolution became a refuge for hundreds of American Indians whom Zeisberger had converted to Christianity. Convinced that they were aiding other Indians fighting colonists on the frontier, Pennsylvania militia on March 9, 1782 murdered 96 unarmed men, women, and children, then burned the town to the ground. Today, a reconstructed village and monument memorialize what took place at Gnadenhutten during the American War for Independence.

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