Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and we are honored to celebrate and amplify the voices of people of color in our community of the past, present, and future.

Hoosier History makers You Should Know

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The Domestic Fight for Equity in the 20th Century

February 20, 2024

Source: M. Boyer, “The Clubhouse for the Indiana Federation of colored Women’s Clubs,” July 22, 2007. Although the post-war scene offered a temporary step into the spotlight for Indiana’s black…

Black History 365: Understanding the Past in Order to Move Forward

February 17, 2022

Each February the accomplishments and history of African Americans are celebrated in Black History Month. What does that mean? When was Black History Month first recognized? Why was February selected?…

Madam CJ Walker

Discover the History Makers of Black History Month

February 10, 2021

Madam CJ Walker Forged a New Path in Indianapolis “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for…

The Lingering Power of Love

January 12, 2023

What comes to mind when you think of Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Is it his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, his contributions to the civil rights movement, or…

Asante Children’s Theatre actors

Learning History, Culture, and Inclusivity Through Youth Theatre

August 3, 2021

Through the Academy Summer Intensive produced in partnership with Asante Children’s Theatre and Conner Prairie, Indianapolis children are able to learn both the art of theatre and American history along…

Emancipation Day Celebration in 1900

Summer Celebrations: Freedom for All?

June 1, 2021

Stephenson, Mrs. Charles (Grace Murray). [Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900], photograph, June 19, 1900; ( accessed May 26, 2021), Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. Fireworks, cookouts, family reunions,…

Smithsonian Resources

As a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, below you will find educational resources provided by the Smithsonian Institute that honor Black history month. We want to celebrate the work that is being done across the nation with regard to community building and activism. Follow along with #SmithsonianBHM to learn about the importance of these voices by the Smithsonian and partnered Smithsonian-affiliated institutions.

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