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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Welcome to the Indiana Bicentennial Commission Photo Gallery! Please click any of the thumbnails below to see larger versions of the image along with a brief description. 

April 2016 Commission Meeting

The April 2016 Indiana Bicentennial Commission meeting was held at the Columbus Visitor's Center in Colubmus, Indiana.

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First Lady Karen Pence and Colts Mascot Blue Hosted a Reading Event

First Lady Karen Pence, Indiana’s Bicentennial Ambassador, joined Indianapolis Colts Mascot, Blue, to visit Northview High School in Brazil, Ind. to read Blue’s children’s book to 600 students from Clay County schools. The book, entitled Blue’s Road Trip through Indiana, takes students on a journey from A to Z around Indiana. Given its strong ties to the state, Blue’s Road Trip through Indiana is endorsed as an official Legacy Project of the Indiana Bicentennial by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission

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First Lady Karen Pence Watercolor Exhibit

First Lady Karen Pence, Indiana’s Bicentennial Ambassador, joined Cindy Hoye, executive director of the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center, at the newly-named Indiana Arts Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to unveil three of 16 watercolor prints created by the First Lady. The full 16-print collection was displayed on exhibition in the Indiana Arts Building to commemorate Indiana’s bicentennial during the Indiana State Fair, which runs from August 5 to 21.

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Other April Events and Activities

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Polly Strong Historical Marker Dedication

On April 20 the Indiana Historical Bureau held a public dedication ceremony for an Indiana state historical marker commemorating Polly Strong.  The text on the marker reads: Polly Strong was born into slavery circa 1796 in the Northwest Territory. Vincennes innkeeper Hyacinthe Lasselle purchased her circa 1806. Although 1816 Indiana Constitution prohibited slavery and involuntary servitude, in 1820, Strong and attorney Amory Kinney had to pursue her freedom in the Knox County Circuit Court. This Court ruled that Strong remain enslaved. Strong appealed to Indiana Supreme Court in Corydon which ruled in State v. Lasselle, July 22, 1820: “slavery can have no existence” in Indiana. This decision did not free remaining slaves in Indiana; it did establish 1816 Indiana Constitution as the authority for decisions in Indiana courts regarding slavery and involuntary servitude, including 1821 Mary Clark case.

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