Conversations in Indiana African American History and Culture

Historians, researchers, and educators share their knowledge of Indiana’s Black heritage.

March 21, 2024

6 p.m. EST (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Indiana Landmarks Center
1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis

In this recurring series presented by Freetown Village, historians, researchers, and educators discuss topics related to Indiana’s Black heritage, followed by question-and-answer sessions. Sponsored by Indiana Landmarks’ Black Heritage Preservation Program, Indiana Humanities, IUPUI Africana Studies, and Association of the Study of African American Life and History Joseph Taylor Branch.

Recovering the History of Norwood

Kaila Austin, local historian and artist, introduces the Norwood neighborhood and its partner community, Barrington, both located in the Southeast quadrant of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Established by U.S. Colored Troop Veterans during the Reconstruction period (1867-1877), Norwood and Barrington are two of the oldest, descendant-maintained African American communities in the United States. Austin will present aspects of the history of the Indiana 28th Regiment and their Kentucky counterparts during the years of the Civil War and the nearly two centuries of work the descendant community has done to maintain their ancestral homes.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Indiana Landmarks Center and talk begins at 6 p.m. in person and online. Free with RSVP. Learn more and register at


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