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Madam C.J. Walker
Walker, C. J., Madam, 1867-1919; African Americans--Indiana--Indianapolis; Beauty shops; Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company; Beauty culture--Indiana--Indianapolis; Cosmetics industry--Indiana--Indianapolis
Walker created a product to stimulate hair growth and a steel comb that helped straighten hair. She established her own company in Indianapolis employing people there and thousands of agents across the...
Carl G. Fisher
Business people; Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp.; Eyeglasses; Bicycle shops; Bicycle racing
In 1891 Fisher and his brothers opened a bicycle shop in Indianapolis. He became known as a daredevil cyclist. In 1904 Fisher, in partnership with James A. Allison, formed the Prest-O-Lite Company which...
Crowe, Ray, 1915-2003; African Americans; Teachers; Coaches (Athletics); Basketball; Politicians; Basketball coaches--Indiana; Crispus Attucks High School (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Crowe grew up on a farm in Johnson County. He graduated from Indiana Central College and was a public school teacher in Indianapolis. In 1955 he coached the Crispus Attucks High School basketball team...
Lugar, Richard; Mayors; Legislators; Politicians
Richard Lugar began his political career as a member of the Indianapolis School Board. He was elected mayor of Indianapolis in 1967. His Uni-Gov program consolidated city-county government. During his...
Anton "Tony" Hulman Jr.
Indianapolis Speedway Race; Business people; Pens; Globes
Tony was born in Terre Haute but then attended private schools in the east. After graduating from Yale University's Scientific School in 1924 with a degree in engineering, he returned to Terre Haute to...
Rickenbacker, Eddie, 1890-1973; Automobile racing drivers; Indianapolis Speedway Race; Cakes; Cooks; Aprons
Rickenbacker was a relief driver in the first Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. He drove at the Speedway between 1911 and 1916, then later owned the racetrack from 1927-1945. He was also an air pilot in World...
George P. Stewart
Stewart, George P. (George Pheldon), 1874-1924; Newspapers; Newspaper industry; African Americans; Journalists
Stewart along with Will H. Porter co-founded the Indianapolis Recorder newspaper in the 1890s. It began in an office on New York Street in Indianapolis. Stewart eventually became sole owner. He was active...
Noble Lee Sissle
Musicians; Sissle, Noble, 1889- ; Horne, Lena; African Americans; Singers; Composers; Dramatists
Sissle was a famous musician, playwright, and composer.
Baseball; Baseball managers; Baseball players; Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown, N.Y.); Baseball managers, African American; Negro baseball leagues; Negro athletes; Sports
He was a professional baseball player and manager of the Negro Leagues from 1915 through the 1950s. His career began playing for the Indianapolis ABCs in 1915 and included stops with several teams during...
Nicholson, Meredith, 1866-1947; Authors; Journalists
Nicholson dropped out of high school after completing one year. He worked in different jobs that eventually led him to a career in writing. He worked one year for the newspaper The Indianapolis Sentinel,...
Charles Warren Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Charles W. (Charles Warren), 1852-1918; Vice presidents; Politicians; Newspapers; Legislators; Lawyers
Fairbanks had a successful career as an attorney for the Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Western Railroad. He purchased the Indianapolis News in 1893. Following that he began a political career serving...
Basketball; Basketball players; Sports; McGinnis, George, 1950-
George McGinnis grew up in Indianapolis and attended George Washington High School where he excelled in basketball. He was Indiana's Mr. Basketball in 1969. He attended Indiana University but left to begin...
Hubbard, Kin, 1868-1930; Cartoon characters; Cartoonists; Comics; Fictitious characters; Authors, American--Indiana; Newspapers
Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard created the comic strip character Abe Martin which first appeared in the Indianapolis News on December 17, 1904. The comic's setting was the fictitious town of Bloom Center...
William H. English
English, William Hayden, 1822-1896; Politicians; Legislators; Authors, American--Indiana; Hotels; Opera houses
William English was a politician who served 4 terms in the U.S. Congress. In 1880 he was the Democratic candidate for vice president. He built the English Opera House and Hotel on the northwest quadrant...
Senator J. Danforth (Dan) Quayle
Quayle, Dan, 1947- ; Politicians; Legislators; Vice presidents; African Americans
Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1976 and to the U.S. Senate in 1980. He was reelected in 1986. In 1988 George H. W. Bush chose him to be his running mate in the presidential election. Quayle was the ninth...
Duke Hampton Family Orchestra
Jazz; Big bands; Jazz musicians; Families; Musicians; Wind instruments; Pianos; Drums; African Americans; Trombones; Trumpets; Saxophones; Brass instruments; Stringed instruments; Musical instruments; Music ensembles; Orchestras; Bands
Sports; Basketball; Basketball players; Tennis players; Athletes; Robertson, Oscar, 1938-; Ashe, Arthur
Oscar Robertson attended Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis and was known as the "Big O." He was a member of the first African American high school team to win the state championship. They won...
Architects; Teachers; Princeton University; Designers; Living Legends; Graves, Michael, 1934-
Michael Graves is a famous architect and professor at Princeton University. Some of the buildings he designed include the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis,...
Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901; Presidents; Legislators; Politicians; Generals
Harrison, the grandson of President William Henry Harrison, moved to Indiana from Ohio in 1854. He was a lawyer and was active in politics. He was in the 70th Indiana Infantry in the Civil War reaching...
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968; Jazz; Jazz musicians; Musicians; African Americans; Guitarists; African American guitarists; African American jazz musicians; Grammy Awards
Montgomery was a jazz guitarist. He played with the Lionel Hampton band, and in a trio with his brothers. In 1965 he won a grammy for his album "Goin' Out of My Head." His album, "A Day in the Life" was...
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