Statehouse unveiling planned for busts of Black legislators

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission have announced plans for the State of Indiana's 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Celebration on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at the Indiana Statehouse.

Highlights of the program will include the unveiling of busts of James Sidney Hinton and Julia Carson. Sculptor Jon Hair, creator of the busts, plans to attend the event.

Hinton grew up in Terre Haute. He was an advocate for civil rights and was the first African American to serve in the Indiana General Assembly, doing so in 1881.

Carson, a graduate of Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, was elected to the Indiana General Assembly in 1972 and served two terms. In 1976 she and Katie Hall were elected to the Indiana Senate - the first  African American women in that house - and Carson served there for 14 years. In 1996, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming Indiana's first African American woman from Indianapolis elected to Congress. She served in Congress until her death in 2007.

In addition to award presentations, and comments by Governor Mike Pence, there will also be a performance by the Golden Singers of Broad Ripple Magnet High School.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register.