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Indiana's African American Heritage: More Essays from Black History News & Notes 2007-2017

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Since its first release in October 1979, the Indiana Historical Society newsletter Black History News & Notes chronicled the role and contributions of Hoosier African Americans.  Under the editorship for many years of the late Wilma Gibbs Moore, the quarterly publication included articles, book reviews, and other pieces aiming to generate interest in and research about the nineteenth state's Black heritage.

Beginning in 2007 and until 2017, Black History News & Notes was a regular department in IHS's popular history magazine, Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History.  This volume, a companion to the one published in 1993, includes selected articles that appeared in Traces during the decade.  This work includes articles on African American soldiers in World War I; Hoosier baseball great Oscar Charleston; the Underground Railroad in southern Indiana; architect William Wilson Cooke; the creation of Gary, Indiana's Roosevelt High School; Indiana University basketball star Bill Garrett; and Black artists.  The pieces were written by a variety of Indiana scholars, local historians and journalists.  

In addition to serving as editor of Black History News & Notes, Wilma Gibbs Moore was one of the Preeminent scholars of Black history in Indiana and worked as senior archivist of African American history at the Indiana Historical Society until her retirement in 2017. Born in Indianapolis, she graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in 1969 and received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1973 and a master's in library and information science in 1974.

Moore worked for the IU Libraries and the Indianapolis Public Library System before joining the IHS in 1986.  

Paperback, 245 pages. 2022, Indiana Historical Society Press.  Edited by Wilma Gibbs Moore.