Promised Land as Proving Ground

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Immerse yourself in the many ways African culture influenced what’s known today as “American” culture. Have an unforgettable personal encounter with the traditions, challenges, and decisions of early Hoosiers.

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Community Partnerships and Sponsors
  • Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis
  • Anthony "Baba Tony" Artis
  • Center for Africana Studies & Culture at IUPUI
  • Living Word Baptist Church
  • Green Thumb Garden Patrol
  • Purdue Extension Master Gardeners
  • Spirit and Place
  • Witherspoon Presbyterian Church
  • Angela Denman, Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Chief Luisah Teish
  • Filson Historical Society
  • Indiana Historical Society
  • Israel Solomon, Artist-in-residence
  • LaShawnda Crowe Storm, Spirit & Place Festival
  • Lawrence Community Gardens
  • Living Word Baptist Church
  • Maria Hamilton Abegunde, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Messiah Missionary Baptist Church
  • Rev. Pamela Emmanuel, Grace & Mercy Assembly


  • Eli Lilly & Co. Foundation
  • Lilly Endowment Inc.
  • Indianapolis Garden Club
  • The Community Innovation Leadership Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation
  • Brabson Family Foundation
  • The Meridian Foundation
  • Indiana Landmarks: Black Heritage Preservation Program
  • Hamilton County Tourism


Promised Land as Proving Ground is coming soon. Because the immersive experience will be interwoven throughout Prairietown and other areas of Conner Prairie, guests will see and get to experience a few elements this summer, including the Origins Cabin.

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