Our local federal court family celebrates Black History Month with an interpretive Underground Railroad true story.
On Friday, Feb. 22, federal agencies in Indianapolis will sponsor an annual Black History Month Celebration. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will host the event at 2 p.m. in the William E. Steckler Ceremonial Courtroom (courtroom 202), located at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 46 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis.
This year’s program features Deborah Asante and Bob Sander of Storytelling Arts Indiana. These two talented individuals will dramatically reenact the escape of a slave woman, Caroline, and her four young children. As they head north through Indiana with the aid of the Underground Railroad, they encounter betrayal, sympathy and a second chance.
The storytellers’ performance will be followed by a presentation by Jeannie Regan-Dinius of the Indiana Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology. Jeannie will discuss the legal and historical elements of Caroline’s escape, drawing on her expansive knowledge of the Underground Railroad and its legacy in Indiana.
The program will last one hour, and approval of one hour of CLE credit is pending. Preregistration is NOT required.
The program is free and open to the public. Photography will be permitted during the program. If you would like to send a photographer and/or reporter to cover the program, or if you have other questions, please contact Doria Lynch at 317.229.3729.