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The Indiana Historical Bureau is set to pay tribute to a former Pulitzer Prize-winning Hoosier publication. A historical marker honoring the Indianapolis Times, an evening newspaper that closed in 1965, will be dedicated next week. September 27, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A public dedication ceremony for an Indiana state historical marker commemorating the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, the Indianapolis Times, is scheduled for Friday, October 11, 2013. The marker will be dedicated at 2:00 P.M. (EDT) in the green space just east of the Westin Indianapolis Hotel, between Maryland St. and Washington St.
The text follows for the state marker entitled Indianapolis Times:
The Indianapolis Times (originally published as the Sun in 1888) moved to this site in 1924. In the 1920s, it led a crusade against the Ku Klux Klan, exposing the Klan's influence in Indiana politics and spurring investigations into corrupt state elections. For this public service, the Times won journalism's highest award, the Pulitzer Prize, in 1928. Times advocated for the benefit of the public: organized Clothe-A-Child campaign during the Great Depression; won national award for its work on behalf of the mentally ill (1955); and identified jobs for the unemployed (1961). Exposed state highway scandals (1950s) and errors in crime statistics (1962), leading to better police patrol. Ceased publication in 1965.
The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for this Indiana state historical marker that commemorates the crusading newspaper and its 77 years of service to the state. Former staff members of the Times will join in dedicating this state historical marker.
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 www.IN.gov/history or call 317-233-8940.
Source: The Indiana Historical Bureau