AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[IN] a new resource, for indiana researchers!
Website documents proud Black Hoosier history
By JESSICA R. KEY
Website shows Black settlements in over 40 Indiana counties
During times of intense racial segregation and discrimination in the 18th and 19th centuries, Blacks often chose to form their own, self-sustaining communities that encouraged civic and social equality.
The Hoosier State boasts numerous Black settlements. From Spencer County that touches Indiana’s Ohio River border, to St. Joseph County at the state’s northern border, Indiana’s African-American settlement history is rich.
Because of the efforts at the Indiana Historical Society (IHS), people can now go online to view detailed research on early Black settlements in Indiana. This effort is part of the Early African-American Settlement Heritage Initiative.