IU McKinney to commemorate attorney J.B. Stradford

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will honor one of its most distinguished alumni on his birthday during a commemorative event on Friday.

The honoree, J. B. Stradford, was a prominent business leader in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s “Black Wall Street” district at the time of the 1921 race massacre in that city.

Stradford, a graduate of one of IU McKinney’s predecessor schools, the Indianapolis College of Law, practiced law in Indiana before moving to Oklahoma and becoming a prominent and prosperous entrepreneur, as well as a human rights proponent.

IU McKinney alumni will speak at the commemorative event, including retired Marion Superior Judge David Shaheed and DePauw University pre-law advisor Nicole Burts, as well as members of Stradford’s family.

During the event, a portrait of J.B. Stradford commissioned by the law school from Indianapolis artist Jay Parnell will be unveiled. The portrait will hang in a place of honor at IU McKinney.

Individuals interested in attending the virtual event, which will begin at 5 p.m. EDT, can register online.

Questions may be directed to Elizabeth Allington at [email protected].

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