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The Marion work of African American architect Samuel Plato seems to reflect this complex history, in a portfolio that includes some of the city’s grandest houses and modest commercial buildings. On July 25, in a day-long program of lectures and tours, Indiana Landmarks’ African American Landmarks Committee sponsors an exploration of Plato’s work and African American heritage in Marion and around the state.
You’ll hear lectures by William F. Munn, Grant County Historian on African American history in Marion, and Sharon Wilson will discuss the life and work of Samuel Plato. Wilma Moore of the Indiana Historical Society will talk about the society’s Early African American Settlement Heritage Initiative.
The program will include tours of Plato-designed buildings including the 1912 Hostess House created for a local banker, another house on 4th Street, a church, and The Platonian apartments, as well as the grounds of the 1882 Grant County Courthouse.
Sponsored by Indiana Landmarks’ African American Landmarks Committee.
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Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places. With eight offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns. People who join Indiana Landmarks receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservationist. For more information on the not-for-profit organization, call 317-639-4534, 800-450-4534. Find more at www.indianalandmarks.org.