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Celebrating Black History – Norwood: An Indiana Freetown

February 21, 2023

The legacy of Indiana’s first Freetown founded by Black Civil War veterans, Norwood remains intact as a testament to its founders’ tenacity. Black Civil War veterans and freedmen founded Norwood in the 1860s, carving out a safe haven in the city that neighbored Fountain Square, and the area remained a self-maintaining town into the 1970s. Today, descendants remain and share their history, holding onto its legacy.