Many Of Indiana's Counties Named For Men Tied To Slavery

Jul 19, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One-third of Indiana’s 92 counties are named for men who had ties to slavery or supported otherwise racist policies. Eric Sandweiss, a history professor at Indiana University, says that reflects slavery’s inescapable legacy across the country. Indiana’s counties were named in the early-to mid-1800s. Sandweiss tells The Indianapolis Star that revisiting names and removing monuments is Americans’ way of taking a step forward. George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis has catalyzed a global reckoning to reevaluate places and things that commemorate people whose actions today are no longer considered commendable.

Here is a link to the Indianapolis Star article listing the counties.