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Pioneering Black Indiana Lawmakers to Get Statehouse Busts

by Associated Press

    Pioneering Indiana Black lawmakers, congresswoman Julia Carson and James Sidney Hinton. (Courtesy Photo)
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Bronze busts of two pioneering Indiana Black lawmakers will be unveiled at the Indiana Statehouse next month as part of the state’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration.

The busts to be unveiled Jan. 16 memorialize late Indianapolis congresswoman Julia Carson and James Sidney Hinton, who in 1880 became the first Black elected to the Indiana General Assembly when he won a term in the House of Representatives.

Indiana Civil Rights Commission executive director Jamal Smith says Carson and Hinton are “two influential African Americans who have left a lasting imprint on the Hoosier state.”

The state announced earlier this year that the busts would be displayed in niches on the second and third floors of the Statehouse.

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