Stephanie Edwards felt Isolated and controlled while attending a minimally integrated school in Irvington. After leaving Indianapolis for college, she discovered a new view of the world and other African Americans who were active in the civil rights movement.
Raised in Boswell, Tony Trimble brought the compassion and humanity of small town Indiana to his work as a psychologist at the Indiana Youth Center in Plainfield, his current work as a history professor at Ivy Tech, and as a well educated citizen of the world.
Indiana Historical Society Archivist Wilma Moore talks about growing up as an “observer of history.” From going to segregated Crispus Attucks High School to watching news coverage of historic events on tv with her family, her love of history prepared her for her life’s work.
Retired Nurse Lea Jean Kellison, in part of a longer family wedding story, talks about her son Lee who proved himself to be self-reliant and creative as a middle child.
Kristine talks about meeting with a former student and realizing the long term impact of devoting her life to teaching.
Ophelia Wellington talks about creating Freetown Village as a new, innovative way for people to learn about self-reliant African American communities in Indiana through interactive theatre.
Joyce Anne Werry tells of attending a one-room-school-house in her home town of Hartford City, Indiana.
Gwendolyn Kelley tells about seeing the change in Indianapolis during the civil rights movement and the legacy of her poem about Martin Luther King Jr., “The Dream In You.”
Celestine Bloomfield talks about her early love of reading and the realization that school integration in Gary, Indiana was not working well for African Americans.