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2/2 - The Legal Legacy of Lyles Station: An African-American Community's Quest for Justice & Equality (Indianapolis)

2/2/18 2:00 pm EST

In the far reaches of southwestern Indiana lies the community of Lyles Station. Settled by free black farmers in 1813, Lyles Station and its citizens have fought many legal battles in a persistent quest for equality and justice. This event will celebrate the many contributions and legal achievements of the people of Lyles Station.

Stanley Madison, historian and chairman of the Lyles Station Historic Preservation Corporation, will provide an overview of the history of Lyles Station, then speak about The State ex rel. James Roundtree v. the Board of Commissioners of Gibson County, Indiana, an 1880s case filed by Lyles Station native James Roundtree to replace and maintain a bridge over the Patoka River. Mr. Roundtree initially lost his case at the county level but successfully appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court, a notable achievement for an African American farmer at that time. The presentation will be moderated by Doria Lynch, court historian. The history of Lyles Station is of such significance that it is featured in a prominent exhibit at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Golden Singers of Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities.


Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
Time (local time): 2:00 pm

Credit hours: 1.0 CLE (pending)

Cost: Free

Location: Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
46 E. Ohio St., Room 216, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Provider: The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Contact information:
Doria Lynch
(317) 229-3729
Doria_Lynch@insd.uscourts.gov