Emma Christy Baker, one of the first female police officers in Indianapolis, was born on February 10, 1865 in Salem, Indiana. Her parents, William W. and Hester Christy, were free African Americans who settled in Indiana during the 1830s after…

Frances Slocum, also known as Weletasash and Ma-con-na-quah, “Young Bear” or “Little Bear,” was a white American Indian captive. On November 2, 1778, five-year-old Frances was kidnapped from her Pennsylvania home by Delaware Indians, along with…

Julia May Porter Carson was the first African American and woman to be elected to Congress from Indianapolis. Born in Louisville, Kentucky to a single mother (Velma Porter) on July 8, 1938, Carson and her mother moved to Indianapolis when she was…

Vee-Jay Records was a successful company in the mid-1900s owned by Vivian Carter and her husband, James Bracken. Vivian Carter was born on March 25, 1921 in Tunica, Mississippi and moved to Gary, Indiana when she was still a child. After her marriage…

Mari Evans, a writer, poet, activist, and one of the founders of the Black Arts Movement, is a prominent historical figure in not only Indiana, but the entire nation. Evans was born in 1923 in Toledo, Ohio. Although her mother passed away when she…

A writer and a social activist, Albion Fellows Bacon, was born on April 8th, 1865, in Evansville, Indiana. After graduating from the high school in Evansville, she went to work as a secretary since her family could not afford to send her to college.…