Indiana had more than fifty rural African American settlements prior to the Civil War. One of those settlements, Lyles Station in Gibson County, will be featured in one of twelve inaugural exhibits at the Smithsonian's National Musuem of African American History and Culture when it opens on September 24, 2016.
The Smithsonian issued a news relase about the exhibit and a recent ceremony to collect soil from the Lyles Station that will be included in the exhibit.
For more info about Indiana's Early Black Settlements see the following resources:
- Indiana Historical Bureau bibliography
- Indiana Historical Bureau marker for Lyles Station IHB is also completing work on a historical marker for Roberts Settlement in Hamilton County.
- Around 2014, the Indiana Historical Society compiled research about rural black settlements with the financial assistance of a planning grant from Lilly Endowment.