One Year Later Sophie Kloppenburg Continues to Inspire

Posey County Candlelight Ceremony

One year has passed since Sophie Kloppenburg and her supporters successfully installed a memorial bench and sign concerning the 1878 lynching of seven back men in Posey County, Indiana. If you thought that was the end of this story, it was not. Because, one year later, Sophie continues to inspire.

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ABHM Book Club Presents: Our Town By Cynthia Carr

Our Town book discussion

In memory and honor of Thomas Shipp, Abram Smith and our Founder Dr. James Cameron; who were lynched in Marion, IN, this month’s book club read will be Cynthia Carr’s Our Town. Carr, who grew up in Marion and later became a journalist, explores the issues of race, loyalty, and memory in America through the lens of this lynching that occurred in Marion but could have happened anywhere. Part mystery, part history, part true crime saga, Our Town is a riveting read that lays bare a raw and little-chronicled facet of our national memory and provides a starting point toward reconciliation with the past.

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Community collects soil in remembrance of 1930 lynching

On the 90th anniversary of the infamous lynchings of Thomas Shipp and Abraham Smith, and the attempted lynching of James Cameron, members of the Marion (Indiana) Community Remembrance Project collected soil to be sent to the Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Freedom’s Heroes During Jim Crow: Flossie Bailey and the Deeters

Claude, age 23, just months before his 1930 murder. Courtesy of Faith Deeter.

This exhibit pays tribute to people who fought hatred and injustice in the Jim Crow period. Some of these are well-known; others are unsung, ordinary people. Every quarter we will add more stories about the many heros of this era.

To inaugurate the exhibit, we present three unsung heros who opposed the infamous lynching in Marion, Indiana in 1930: Flossie Bailey and Grace and William Deeter.

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