in Indy, Gary, Fort Wayne, and Muncie, Black entertainment in Indiana flourished during the period from 1930 through the 1950’s. Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis became a hotspot of Black culture.
When you think of the early automobile, you likely picture Henry Ford, the Model T, and Detroit, but did you know that Indiana also played a prominent role in the early automobile industry?
Since its earliest days, Indiana has been an agricultural state. And it was a South Bend resident, James Oliver, who was responsible for simplifying farmers’ lives by revolutionizing plow design.
Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley worked as a sign painter, traveling actor, and newspaperman before finally enjoying success. He was initially turned away by many of the larger publishers.