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The Indianapolis Public Library has a digital collection full of digital images that will give you a good look at black history in America and right here in Indiana. These items are the real thing. The collection includes photographs, photographs of artifacts and documents which would be great resources for school reports.
Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – A digital collection of 1,000 artifacts from the museum collection. Selected objects range over school subjects from Social Studies to Science to Geography with a particular emphasis on Indiana. You can visit the whole collection or you can see just the African-American artifacts.
Free Soil Banner – The Free Soil Banner was a newspaper published in Indianapolis from 1848 to 1854 published by the Free Soil Party. The main plank in the Party’s platform was that slavery should not be extended to the territories newly gained in the war with Mexico, but should be “free soil”, worked by free (as opposed to slave) labor. They stopped short at advocating the abolition of slavery, preferring to contain it to the areas where it was already allowed, believing that it would eventually die out. “Free soil, free speech, free labor, free men.”
African American Firefighters – On May 19, 1876 Fire Chief W. O. Sherwood appointed the first black men to the Indianapolis Fire Department on Hose Company 9, located at 31 West Saint Joseph Street. This station, eventually renumbered as Station 1 and relocated to 441 Indiana Avenue, grew to become an all-black double company firehouse, with approximately 24 firefighters who rotated through two 24-hour shifts.
Black firefighters remained segregated from the rest of the Fire Department until the practice was officially ended on Jan. 1, 1960. Hired before integration in 1955, Joseph Kimbrew became the first black Fire Chief of the Indianapolis Fire Department on January 19, 1987.
The Indianapolis Postcard Collection – This postcard is a photo of the 1943 Negro League Indianapolis Clowns. The postcard collection is a great resource for Indianapolis history, especially if you have to know about a landmark in the city. The collection is mostly made up of postcards of buildings, but I didn’t want to miss pointing out this one. For more information about the negro leagues and black athletes take a look at Black History: Athletes. Especially don’t miss We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson.
More Info Guides about Black History:
- Black History: Athletes
- Black History: Authors & Illustrators
- Black History: The Civil Rights Movement
- Black History: IndyPL Digital Collections
- Black History: Martin Luther King Jr.
- Black History: Musicians & Singers
- Black History: Painters & Artists
- Black History: Scientists & Inventors
- Black History: Slavery
- Read Right Now! Black History
- Read Right Now! African American Stories
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Here are some ideas to get you started exploring and having fun in your own wild backyard:
If you want to explore a little further than your own backyard here are some great places right here in Indianapolis to go find some outdoor adventure:
- Indianapolis: Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center (ornithology is the study of birds.)
- Indianapolis: Holliday Park & Nature Center
- The Indianapolis Musuem of Art: 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park
- Indianapolis: White River State Park
- Indianapolis: Fort Harrison State Park
- Indianapolis: White River Gardens
- Indianapolis: Garfield Park Conservatory & Sunken Garden
|Some books you might like about animals, science and nature crafts right in your own backyard:|
Find more books with these Catalog Searches:
- Catalog Search: Birdhouses
- Catalog Search: Bird feeders
- Catalog Search: Nature Crafts
- Catalog Search: Urban Animals
- The Greatest Spectacle in Racing
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Indy 500 Photo Gallery
- Motorsports Hall of Fame
- Indy Racing League
Free Books to Read Online:
Click on a selection and read it right now!
NOTE: The Garfield eBooks can be viewed on a desktop computer or on a mobile device that supports Adobe Flash Player. If you want to view them on an iPad, you need to view them on a Flash enabled browser. You can find them in the App Store. I use Photon Flash ($4.99). I tried some of the free ones but could not find one that worked very well. If you find one that does – leave a comment below!
Websites That Include Free Books:
Free Garfield Apps:
|Read the Free App Garfield Daily – Feed your Garfield need with a daily dose of the classic comic! The Garfield Daily Comic iPhone app allows you to view every Garfield daily comic strip ever produced – that’s over 11,600 strips! Google Play, iTunes|
|Read the Free App Garfield KaBOOM! Comics – Everyone’s favorite lasagna-scarfing cat opens the fridge to an all-new ongoing comic book series! Join Garfield as he begins his monthly exploits with Jon, Odie, and the rest of the gang in the latest all-ages must-read from KaBOOM! Google Play, iTunes|
Printables, Online Games, Videos & Activities:
Click on a link or an image to open an online or printable activity.