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January 28, 2001
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Black History Month
African American Life in Indiana After the Civil War

Experience a slice of Indiana's past as Freetown Village pays tribute to the first African American U.S. Senator, Hiram Revels, with an interactive and costumed performance at Indiana University Northwest on Wednesday, February 7 at 1 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium. During the performance entitled Shindig, actors dressed in period clothing will also explore myths and superstitions in the Black community particularly during the years following the abolition of slavery.

Incorporated in 1982, Freetown Village is a living history museum based in Indianapolis, and depicts the lives and lifestyles of free Blacks in the year 1870. During this pivotal time in African American history, lives of former slaves changed dramatically with the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Constitutional Amendments, and gave way to major achievements in education, politics, economics and social issues. The “residents” of Freetown Village are composite characters of the approximately 3,000 men, women and children listed in the 1870 Indianapolis census.

Sponsored by the IU Northwest Diversity Programming Group and the Black History Month Committee, the program is open to the community free of charge. For more information on the Feb. 7 program, telephone 219-980-6554. More information on Freetown Village is at

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