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[IHB] “George Washington Julian” Indiana State Historical Marker Dedication
Start Date: 8/4/2013Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 8/4/2013End Time: 3:00 PM
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A public dedication ceremony will be held for an Indiana state historical marker commemorating George Washington Julian, an Indiana Congressman during the Civil War, who advocated for the abolition of slavery. The dedication is scheduled for Sunday, August 4, 2013; the program will begin at 1:00 P.M. (EDT) at 320 E. Main Street, Centerville, Indiana 47330.


The text follows for the state marker entitled "

George Washington Julian"


A political leader defined by his moral convictions, Julian (1817-1899) advocated for abolition, equal rights and land reform, during a period marked by slavery, Civil War, monopolies, and discrimination against blacks, immigrants, and women. As U.S. Representative, 1849-1851, he supported legislation providing for abolition and equal access to public lands. Julian, long-time Centerville resident, served as attorney in notable fugitive slave cases, 1850s. As U.S. Representative, 1861-1871, he demanded recognition of slavery as cause of Civil War and promoted rights of black freedmen; he proposed constitutional amendments granting suffrage regardless of race or sex, "equally, without any distinction or discrimination."

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for this Indiana state historical marker which will be located across the street from where Julian’s Centerville home once stood. The unveiling of this State Marker is one of the activities slated for Centerville’s commemoration of Civil War Governor Oliver P. Morton’s birthday. Plenty of street-side parking is available and refreshments will be served.

State historical markers commemorate significant individuals, organizations, places, and events in Indiana history. These markers help communities throughout the state promote, preserve, and present their history for the education and enjoyment of residents and tourists of all ages. For more than 95 years the Indiana Historical Bureau, an agency of the State of Indiana, has been marking Indiana history. Since 1946, the marker format has been the large roadside marker, which has the familiar dark blue background with gold lettering and the outline of the state of Indiana at the top. There are approximately 500 of these markers across the state.

For more information about this marker, the Indiana Historical Marker Program, and other resources about Indiana, visit the Indiana Historical Bureau’s website at or call 317-232-6276. For more information about the dedication ceremony, contact Ronald V. Morris, 765-855-3606, or


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