Rep. Mahan honors Indiana's African American heritage

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) authored a resolution honoring Indiana’s rich African American heritage. The resolution passed the House unanimously.

“I was honored to recognize Indiana’s rich African American heritage, and I would like to thank everyone that joined me on this resolution,” said Rep. Mahan. “I would also like to thank the Historical Society and the Historical Bureau for their devotion to gathering information and keeping the public informed about African American history in our state.”

The Indiana Historical Society has initiated a statewide effort to collect data on Indiana’s early African American settlers in order to keep the public informed about their legacy, which little is known about.

Another effort to raise awareness of African American history is the Indiana African American Heritage Trail, founded by Maxine F. Brown in 2004. The trail marks sites that were instrumental in the history of African Americans in Indiana from the early 1800s to the late 1900s.

“The Indiana African American Heritage Trail is an important part of our culture and helps Hoosiers gain a better understanding of our state’s rich and diverse history,” said Rep. Mahan. “All Hoosiers should be aware of the early history of African Americans in Indiana, and it was a privilege to raise awareness and honor that history today.”

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Rep. Mahan represents portions of Blackford, Delaware, Grant and Wells counties. He serves as Chairman of the Government and Regulatory Reform Committee. He also serves on the Family, Children and Human Affairs; and Insurance Committees.