At a time when other branches of government proved inconsistent on matters of African American rights, the Indiana Supreme Court steadily upheld human rights.
By one account there were 33 incidents of Underground Railroad activity involving residents of Gibson and Pike Counties. Of those, Dongola figures in fifteen.
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.
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 .
Work at the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant was dirty, difficult, and dangerous, and African American employees were consistently assigned to the most hazardous tasks.
Although the violence of the Election Riot of 1876 was not repeated, black voters continued to endure intimidation at the polls.
Although his name rarely graced the marquee, Evansville-born composer and arranger Belford “Sinky” Hendricks was a central figure in the jazz world.
The founders of the Women's Improvement Club navigated a strictly segregated society to save countless lives during the TB epidemic a century ago.
In Indianapolis, the Woman’s Improvement Club worked to manage tuberculosis among the city’s black population, independent of any public funding or assistance.
A pioneering opera company earned South Bend, Indiana a place in the annals of both opera and African American cultural history.
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