We have been celebrating black history during February in this nation now for 90 years. Each year, National African American History Month carries a designated theme. This year’s theme is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.” The Association for the Study of African-American Life and History writes on its website that there are many sites throughout America that are embedded with African-American history. It says these sites become hallowed ground over time and should prompt us to remember the narrative behind them. President Obama expressed what the celebration means during his proclamation for this year’s Black History Month. He said that while celebrating those African Americans who have gotten our country to this point, we must “recommit to reaching for a day when no person is judged by anything but the content of their character.” To learn more about the founders of Black History Month, click HERE.
There are hallowed grounds relating to the African-American experience across Indiana, including Fox Lake in Angola, the site of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Richmond, and various sites of the Underground Railroad where slaves were hidden on their journey from slavery in the southern United States to free states in the North. Click the various links above to learn more about each of them. Interact with us on Twitter and Facebook and share more Black Hoosier Hallowed Grounds with the hashtag #BHMHallowedGrounds.
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