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May 13, 2013

 

Underground Railroad map

Looming Large In Anti-Slavery Lore

By one account there were 33 incidents of Underground Railroad activity involving residents of Gibson and Pike Counties. Of those, Dongola figures in fifteen.

March 18, 2013

 

Judge Loretta Rush is introduce as the new Supreme Court judge in 2012 in Indianapolis.

A Woman’s Judgment

Although Ohio elected a woman to its supreme court in 1922, it was not until 1995 that Indiana would see a woman sitting on its highest state court.

March 4, 2013

 

vintage photo of Camilla Williams in opera

The Desegregating Diva

Camilla Williams was the first black woman singer to appear with a major national opera company, nearly ten years before Marion Anderson's debut at the Met .

February 18, 2013

 

overgrown buildings at Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area

The Kingsbury Ordnance Plant

Work at the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant was dirty, difficult, and dangerous, and African American employees were consistently assigned to the most hazardous tasks.

November 5, 2012

 

newspaper illustration of rally by The Wide Awakes

The Election Riot of 1876

Although the violence of the Election Riot of 1876 was not repeated, black voters continued to endure intimidation at the polls.

April 16, 2012

 

Belford Hendricks and an early band.

The Hoosier Behind The Jazz Charts

Although his name rarely graced the marquee, Evansville-born composer and arranger Belford “Sinky” Hendricks was a central figure in the jazz world.

March 12, 2012

 

Lillian J. B. Thomas (Fox)

Above And Beyond: Lillian Thomas Fox & Beulah Wright Porter

The founders of the Women's Improvement Club navigated a strictly segregated society to save countless lives during the TB epidemic a century ago.

October 3, 2011

 

Flanner House

Black Women Clubbing for Healthcare Reform

In Indianapolis, the Woman’s Improvement Club worked to manage tuberculosis among the city’s black population, independent of any public funding or assistance.

April 18, 2011

 

South Bend H S

Putting South Bend On The Opera Stage

A pioneering opera company earned South Bend, Indiana a place in the annals of both opera and African American cultural history.

February 28, 2011

 

Martinsville Sanitarium

Damage Control for a Painful History

When the Klan announced plans to march through Martinsville in 1967, the mayor successfully banned a parade and residents ignored the Klan’s motorcade.

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