The Lyles Station Historic School & Museum would like to invite the public to join them as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the renovations of the Lyles Consolidated School here in Lyles Station, Indiana on August 31 – September 3, 2018. Since that memorable day in 1998, they have witnessed the rebirth of this once disappearing community and the resurrection of one of Indiana’s most important African American historic sites. The celebration weekend will include:
Friday, August 31, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. A “Welcome Home” reception with live jazz music and light refreshments at the Lyles Consolidated School.
Saturday, September 1, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. VIP tours of the Lyles Station Historic School & Museum.
5:00 PM Recognition Banquet held at the Toyota Events Center located at the Gibson County Fairgrounds in Princeton, IN. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance at the Princeton Train Depot.
Sunday, September 2, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Church social and singing on the grounds of the Lyles Station Historic School & Museum.
Monday, September 3, 1:00 p.m. A Commemorative Ceremony Honoring Aaron Fisher, Lyles Station native, and highly decorated WWI veteran.
Banquet tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased in advance at the Princeton Train Depot located at 702 W. Broadway in Princeton or by calling 812-385-2534 before August 23rd. Lyles Station is located at 953 N. County Road, 500 W. in Princeton, IN. All events are open to the public.
You won't want to miss our special guest speaker Dr. Anna-Lisa Cox Ph.d., Saturday, September 1, 2018, at our 20th-year celebration!
Dr. Cox is the Autor the newly released book "The Bone and Sinew of the Land" which was named Amazon's BEST HISTORY BOOK OF THE MONTH in June 2018!
Anna-Lisa Cox is an award-winning historian on the history of racism and race relations in nineteenth-century America. Currently and a fellow at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, she also was a recent Research Associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture where her original research underpinned two major exhibits, including one on black pioneers. She is also the author of A Stronger Kinship: One Town’s Extraordinary Story of Hope and Faith.
The long-hidden stories of America’s black pioneers, the frontier they settled, and their fight for the heart of the nation
ABOUT THE BOOK:
When black settlers Keziah and Charles Grier started clearing their Gibson County, Indiana frontier land in 1818, they couldn’t know that they were part of the nation’s earliest struggle for equality; they were just looking to build a better life. But within a few years, the Griers would become early Underground Railroad conductors, joining with fellow pioneers and other allies to confront the growing tyranny of bondage and injustice.
The Bone and Sinew of the Land tells the Griers’ story and the stories of many others like them: the lost history of the nation’s first Great Migration. In building hundreds of settlements on the frontier, these black pioneers were making a stand for equality and freedom. Their new home, the Northwest Territory—the wild region that would become present-day Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin—was the first territory to ban slavery and have equal voting rights for all men. Though forgotten today, in their own time the successes of these pioneers made them the targets of racist backlash. Political and even armed battles soon ensued, tearing apart families and communities long before the Civil War.
This groundbreaking work of research reveals America’s forgotten frontier, where these settlers were inspired by the belief that all men are created equal and a brighter future was possible.
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