Indiana justices to attend historical marker event

Indiana's Supreme Court justices will be on hand for the dedication of a historical marker honoring a 19th century attorney who fought for women's right to vote.

The five justices are scheduled to attend Monday's commemoration of a marker at the former Lafayette residence of Helen M. Gougar. That building is now the Fisher Funeral Chapel. The justices will join the event hosted by the Indiana Historical Bureau after hearing oral arguments during a visit to Purdue University.

Gougar was an attorney, writer, and lecturer who became one of Indiana's best-known suffragettes. She challenged suffrage laws by attempting to vote in 1894 and argued before the state's high court for women's right to vote in 1897.

Gougar died in 1907, 13 years before women won the right to vote.


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