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George Washington Julian Marker Dedicated in Centerville
A new State Historical Marker commemorating the life of George Washington Julian was dedicated on Sunday, August 4, in Centerville. Julian was a life-long abolitionist who advocated for equal rights for men and women, black and white. Julian worked within the legal system and various political parties to achieve goals shaped by his moral convictions. His commitment to abolition and equal rights (including equality in land distribution) remained remarkably consistent for over fifty years. Julian served as a U.S. representative 1849-1851 and again 1861-1871.
This long-time Centerville resident was honored at the dedication hosted by Ball State University professor Dr. Ronald Morris. The Indiana Historical Bureau was represented by Jill Weiss who spoke on Julian’s role as abolitionist, suffragist, and political leader during the Civil War era. The marker was unveiled by the Little Hoosiers of Centerville Elementary.
The dedication was a part of a day-long ceremony honoring another famous 19th-century Centerville resident, Oliver P. Morton. Other speakers at the Morton birthday celebration included Joe Frost, Executive Director of Indiana National Road Association, and Dr. James Fuller, Associate Professor of History at the University of Indianapolis, who is currently writing a full-length biography of Morton.
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Columbus residents dedicate Cerealine Manufacturing Co. Marker
The Joseph Hart Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution hosted the dedication of the new "Cerealine Manufacturing Co." State Historical Marker on Sunday, August 4.
Jeanie Hornung, State Regent of Indiana DAR, explained that the chapter's work to make the marker a reality fulfilled the national organization's mission to promote historic preservation and education. The marker is located on the campus of Cummins, Inc., near the original Cerealine Building, which the engine manufacturer has preserved through adaptive reuse as meeting and office space.
Other speakers remarked on the importance of Cerealine Manufacturing and the businessmen, farmers, railroad workers, and innovators who made its success a significant part of Indiana's agricultural and industrial history. U.S. Congressman Luke Messer entered a statement about the new marker into the Congressional Record and sent thanks to IHB, DAR, and Cummins on behalf of the Sixth Congressional district.
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