A bill that would create a permanent display honoring the contributions of black citizens to the state of Indiana in the Statehouse was signed into law by the governor yesterday.
House Enrolled Act 1818 is co-sponsored by State Senators Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) and Glenn Howard (D-Indianapolis). The display mandated by the bill will commemorate contributions made by blacks in both the private and public sector throughout Indiana history. Both Breaux and Howard said that the measure was long overdue.
"So many children tour the Statehouse every year," said Breaux. "I am glad that more of them will see that Hoosiers that look like them have made positive contributions to this state and I hope that they will be inspired by that."
"This is the people's house, and it ought to represent all people, regardless of their race," said Howard.
The Indiana Department of Administration, in consultation with the Indiana Historical Bureau, will be charged with creating the display. Plans for the display must be completed by July 1, 2008 and submitted to the Legislative Counsel for approval.
In addition, the bill provides for a bust of Benjamin Harrison, the only president from Indiana, to be commissioned and placed in the Statehouse.
You might remember that I supported Jean's candidacy for the state senate and that she's a regular reader of bilerico.com. Isn't it great that we have legislators who are more concerned with lifting minority groups up in our state rather than tearing them down? Way to go, Jean! Keep up the good work!