• Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: The Freeman Newspaper

    In July 1888, Edward Elder Cooper, originally from Florida, founded The Freeman, the first illustrated African-American newspaper in the United States.  Cooper was born in 1859, and arrived in Indianapolis at age nineteen.  He was...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Sissle-ing Talent!

    A Pioneering Singer, Bandleader, Composer: Noble Lee Sissle Born in Indianapolis in July of 1889, Noble Sissle was destined to travel the world on his musical genius, which he came by honestly; his mother, Martha, was a school teacher who loved...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Marshall “Major” Taylor

    Reader’s Question:  I recall that cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor was born in Indianapolis.  Do you have any details about his early years?  ~ Caroline Cunningham, Los Angeles, California    HI’s Answer: Marshall Walter Taylor was...

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