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[ICPR] State Archives Display Commemorates Black History Month
Start Date: 2/4/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/4/2014
Entry Description
INDIANAPOLIS (February 4, 2014) – The Indiana State Archives has designed a display that will be featured at the Indiana Statehouse during Black History Month this February. Black Hoosiers in America’s Wars features photographs and documents highlighting the service and valor of African American soldiers in times of conflict from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War.

Among the documents are muster rolls for the 28th Regiment United States Colored Troops (an Indiana unit), and photographs of Indiana African-American soldiers in World Wars I and II, Korea, and Vietnam. The featured image is of Lieutenant Aaron R. Fisher of Lyles Station, Gibson County, Indiana. Lt. Fisher was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by the United States for “exceptional bravery in action” near Lesseau, France on September 3, 1918. The Government of France described Lt. Fisher as “an officer of admirable courage” and presented him with the Croix de Guerre with Gold Star.

The Black Hoosiers in America’s Wars will be located in the Statehouse Rotunda and may be viewed during regular public hours.

The State Archives also has several online resources featuring historical African American history, including the African American Family History Resources webpage and related indexes available via the Indiana Digital Archives. Additionally, the Indiana State Library has useful guides with more information about state resources for anyone interested in beginning their African American family history research.

About the Indiana State Archives
The Indiana State Archives collects records of historical value from all branches of Indiana state and local government, including governmental history, census and naturalization records for families, selected medical, military and criminal records, records of land ownership, maps, blueprints and photographs. Visit for a detailed listing of these resources, including links to online exhibits and electronic indices of select records.
Contact Information:
Name: Ted Cotterill
Phone: 317/232-3385
Aaron Fisher
Entry Type:
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Entry Category:
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  • Hoosier History
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