Early black settlers faced discrimination in Indiana. They couldn’t vote, serve on juries or attend public schools with white students. Yet, because of the short distance to Kentucky just across the Ohio River, southern Indiana was a strategic location in the 1800s for those escaping enslavement and looking for safe passage to the North.
This pivotal time in the state’s history is marked by the self-guided Indiana African American Heritage Trail, which includes more than 15 sites (and growing), spanning six southern Indiana counties – Clark, Floyd, Gibson, Harrison, Jefferson and Orange. Clark-Floyd County Convention & Tourism Bureau has additional information.