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The Bicentennial Journal

Exploring the past 200 years of Monroe County, the City of Bloomington, and Southern Indiana

The Bicentennial Journal – Gladys DeVane Pt. 1

In this week’s edition of The Bicentennial Journal, Gladys DeVane shares her experiences with racism as a person of color. As a Black woman, she was excluded from the private parties and social gatherings of coworkers. So, DeVane says the African-American community would hang out together to get away from ‘being Black in Bloomington.’ Support for The Bicentennial Journal and …

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The Bicentennial Journal – Andy Graham

In this week’s edition of The Bicentennial Journal, former Herald-Times sportswriter Andy Graham talks about Bloomington High School North’s state championship team. Support for The Bicentennial Journal and WFHB comes from Monroe County and Visit Bloomington. More information about Monroe County’s Bicentennial is available on their website.

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The Bicentennial Journal – Charlotte Zietlow

In this week’s edition of The Bicentennial Journal, Charlotte Zietlow talks about the history of the Monroe County Courthouse. From overcrowding (one Judge had their chambers in a bathroom) to a complete renovation, Zietlow recounts her successful effort to save the courthouse. Support for The Bicentennial Journal and WFHB comes from Monroe County and Visit Bloomington. More information about Monroe …

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The Bicentennial Journal – Cheryl Munson Pt. 2

In this week’s edition of The Bicentennial Journal, Cheryl Munson continues the story of the area that is now Monroe County.  Munson tells the story of White settlement of the area and the military campaigns against Native Americans. Support for The Bicentennial Journal and WFHB comes from Monroe County and Visit Bloomington. More information about Monroe County’s Bicentennial is available …

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The Bicentennial Journal – Cheryl Munson pt. 1

In this week’s edition of The Bicentennial Journal, Cheryl Munson tells the story of the geology and pre-Columbian history south central Indiana. Support for The Bicentennial Journal and WFHB comes from Monroe County and Visit Bloomington. More information about Monroe County’s Bicentennial is available on their website.

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The Bicentennial Journal – Scott Faris pt 2

In this week’s edition of The Bicentennial Journal, Scott Faris continues his story about his family’s settlement of Monroe County, which includes Indiana University’s first female graduate. Support for The Bicentennial Journal and WFHB comes from Monroe County and Visit Bloomington. More information about Monroe County’s Bicentennial is available on their website.

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The Bicentennial Journal – Scott Faris pt 1

In this week’s edition of The Bicentennial Journal, Scott Faris tells his family’s story of emigrating from the U.K., after facing religious persecution. Support for The Bicentennial Journal and WFHB comes from Monroe County and Visit Bloomington. More information about Monroe County’s Bicentennial is available on their website.

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The Bicentennial Journal – Allen Dunn

In this week’s edition of The Bicentennial Journal, Allen Dunn tells his family’s story, which includes the forging of the fish that still sits on top of the Monroe County Courthouse. Support for The Bicentennial Journal and WFHB comes from Monroe County and Visit Bloomington. More information about Monroe County’s Bicentennial is available on their website.

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The Bicentennial Journal – Bob Hammel-Black Basketball players

Bill Garrett was the first African-American college basketball player at Indiana University. While Major League Baseball and National Football were moving towards desegregation, Garrett would spend his entire college career without playing against another black player. Bob Hammel tells Garrett’s story, and the story of desegregation in college basketball, in this week’s edition of The Bicentennial Journal—looking back on 200 …

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The Bicentennial Journal – Bob Hammel-George Shively

In this week’s edition of The Bicentennial Journal, Bob Hammel tells the story of George Shively, a professional African-American baseball player who was born the son of a slave. Shively was buried in an unmarked grave in Rose Hill Cemetery until recently, when the indignity of his burial was brought to light. Support for The Bicentennial Journal and WFHB comes …

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