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February 18, 2013


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.

September 3, 2012


Concrete Utopia

Gary—a city that social reformers had already dubbed the “City of the Century”—seemed a perfect site to try out new types of urban housing.

August 24, 2009


National Black Political Convention

In 1972, thousands of members of the African-American community were “Goin’ Back to Indiana” for a groundbreaking political event.

August 17, 2009


Beyond Steel, in the Magic City

As the Jacksons’ musical star rose in the late 1960s, their hardscrabble hometown was in decline.

August 10, 2009


Goin’ Back to Indiana

“Goin’ Back to Indiana” was a multi-media phenomenon capitalizing on the legend of the Jacksons’ small-town Hoosier identity.

February 11, 2008


Leveling the Playing Field

One of the ways black students encountered racism in Bloomington in the 1940s was in its eating establishments, many of which illegally refused them service. One undergraduate student was particularly frustrated not to be able to get a quick meal between classes. Although George Taliaferro’s life-sized photo hung inside the Book Nook on Indiana Avenue, the defensive back who had led the Hoosiers to their first Big Ten victory in 1945 had to trek all the way to the west side of town to get fed.

December 19, 2005


Century of Steel

In 1901, U.S. Steel settled in Lake County Indiana, to build what would become the world’s largest integrated steel mill.

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