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[ICPR] State Archives Display Commemorates Women in Indiana Who Broke Barriers
Start Date: 3/5/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/6/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description
INDIANAPOLIS (March 4, 2013) – The Indiana Statehouse is featuring a unique display celebrating Women’s History Month in March. Women in Indiana Who Broke Barriers was designed by the Indiana State Archives and celebrates the life and work of four women who broke gender barriers in the Hoosier State. Those featured include:

•    Dr. Sarah Stockton (1842-1924), the first female physician at Central State Hospital in Indianapolis;
•    Emma Christy Baker (1865-1955), the first African-American woman to be an officer with the Indianapolis Police Department;
•    Antionette Dakin Leach (1859-1922), the first woman to challenge denial of admission to the Bar based on gender; and
•    Lovina Streight (1830-1910), who earned her title “Mother of the Fifty-first” by accompanying the Fifty-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry at battle and nursed the sick and dying.

The Women in Indiana Who Broke Barriers will be located in the fourth-floor South Atrium of the Statehouse and may be viewed during regular public hours.

The included image, on loan from the State Museum, is of a newly-installed portrait of Lovina Streight at the Statehouse. The portrait, alongside Indiana Civil War Governor Oliver Perry Morton, can be found on fourth-floor South Atrium wall.

About the Indiana State Archives
The Indiana State Archives collects records of historical value from all branches of Indiana state and local government, including governmental history, census and naturalization records for families, selected medical, military and criminal records, records of land ownership, maps, blueprints and photographs. Visit for a detailed listing of these resources, including links to online exhibits and electronic indices of select records.
Contact Information:
Name: Ted Cotterill
Phone: 317/232-3380
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Entry Type:
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Entry Category:
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  • Celebrations
  • Fairs and Exhibitions
  • Hoosier History
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  • Education
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