Indiana Black Expo HQ, Indianapolis Heritage Sites

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Indianapolis Heritage Sites

Bethel AME Church
DESCRIPTION: Organized in 1836, first AME church in Indianapolis; current structure was built in 1894; NAACP’s Indianapolis chapter founded in church
ADDRESS: 414 West Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP
PHONE: 317-634-7002 or 317-634-7002

Mount Zion Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1869, the church offers Sunday worship 8a (except on first Sundays) and 11a; offers Christian Education classes for all ages on Sundays; operates a licensed daycare center and three senior housing apartments; the only African American church in Indiana to operate a Federal Credit Union
ADDRESS: 3500 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN MAP
PHONE: 317-924-4748

St. Phillips Episcopal Church
DESCRIPTION: The congregation was founded in 1901 to accommodate Black Episcopalians; the current location was built in 1986
ADDRESS: 720 Martin Luther King Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP
PHONE: 317-636-1133

Holy Angels Catholic Church
DESCRIPTION: Old African American Catholic congregation
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 9a and 11a
ADDRESS: 740 West 28th Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP
PHONE: 317-926-3324

Witherspoon Presbyterian Church
DESCRIPTION: Congregation was founded in 1907
ADDRESS: 5136 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN MAP
PHONE: 317-251-2297

Eastern Star Church
DESCRIPTION: A bible-based, Christ-centered church complemented with a practical freedom within ministry
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 8:30a and Noon
ADDRESS: 5750 East 30th Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP
PHONE: 317-591-5050

Indiana Avenue Historic District
DESCRIPTION: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places; during the early 1900s, the area included nightclubs, restaurants, beauty shops, jewelry stores
ADDRESS: 500 block of Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN MAP

Willis Mortuary
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1890, it is the oldest Black funeral home in Indianapolis and is notable for its extensive financial contributions to the local Civil Rights Movement
ADDRESS: 632 North Martin Luther King Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP
PHONE: 317-634-5100

Madame C.J. Walker Building
DESCRIPTION: National Historic Landmark built in 1927 by the daughter of America’s first Black millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker; a wonderful museum displaying photos and memorabilia from Madame Walker; Madame Walker made her fortune selling hair care products primarily intended for African Americans
ADDRESS: 617 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN MAP
PHONE: 317-236-2099

Ransom Place Historic District
DESCRIPTION: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places; named after Freeman Ransom, manager and attorney for Madame C.J. Walker; exclusive section for prominent African Americans during the 1800s and early 1900s
ADDRESS: 830 North Martin Luther King Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP

Crispus Attucks High School
DESCRIPTION: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and named after the first man to die in the Boston Massacre; built in 1927 as a segregated high school for African Americans; the high school was a leader in sports, music, debate and science; like most other distinguished Black schools, it integrated in 1970, but closed in 1986 due to declining enrollment; fortunately a multi-million dollar renovation converted it to a junior high school in 1986; today the school houses an African American History Museum located in the back area that once served as the auxiliary gymnasium
ADDRESS: 1140 North Martin Luther King Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP
PHONE: 317-226-2430

Lockefield Gardens
DESCRIPTION: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this federal housing project was built in 1936 to serve African Americans
ADDRESS: 700 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN MAP

Fayette Historic District
DESCRIPTION: One of Indianapolis’ oldest Black neighborhoods; beautiful restored homes
ADDRESS: 900 block of Fayette Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP

Levi Coffin State Historic Site
DESCRIPTION: Eight room brick house where the Coffins helped over 2,000 runaway slaves during their journey to freedom; Levi Coffin was called the “President of the Underground Railroad”; guided tours are available
ADDRESS: 113 North U.S. Highway 27, Fountain City, IN MAP
PHONE: 765-847-2432

Conner Prairie Living History Museum
DESCRIPTION: featuring life in Indiana during 1836; featuring 1836 Prairietown Village, William Conner Estate, Pioneer Adventure Area, Museum Center, theater, gift shop and restaurant; African American characters include a former Liberian colonist, free Black woman, and caretakers of a Quaker abolitionist cabin; Follow the North Star program features an Underground Railroad theme where visitors play escaped slaves searching for the way to freedom — the program could however, be enhanced with more contributions of the Free African American community who also assisted the escaped slaves
DAYS & HOURS: April-November Tue-Sat 9:30a-5p, Sun 11a-5p
ADDRESS: 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN MAP
PHONE: 800-966-1836


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