Published June 5, 2020

Where We Stand

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites as a cultural institution is intentional about its work to share and steward stories of Black Hoosiers. We do this work through our exhibits, our active collecting efforts and at the Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site.

Our commitment to equality is not newfound. We too mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Dreasjon Reed and the countless Black lives lost due to excessive brutality.

We stand with others who are actively working to dismantle systems of oppression. We believe that protests combined with participation is one of the truest forms of democracy. We know that there is much more work to be done, both within ourselves and in our community. We are committed to listening, learning and continuing that work – together.

Since early 2019, ISMHS has been in the early planning stages of an exhibit about the life of Major Taylor. Our efforts to focus on racism will continue with telling the story of this Indianapolis native and professional cyclist who dealt with racial prejudice on and off the track. Our goal with this exhibit and related programming is to create a safe space to convene difficult conversations about race.

ISMHS stands in solidarity with the Black community and will continue to be a place where your voice will be heard.