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Indiana Supreme Court- Courts in the Classroom

The Indiana Supreme Court- Courts in the Classroom program provides educators the opportunity to disseminate information about state legal, political and social history to their students through an online collection of lesson plans and materials available at www.in.gov/judiciarvlcitc.This program highlights nineteenth-century African American legal history in Indiana. It provides the necessary legal context to understand the national political and social climate under which the Underground Railroad operated through a variety of documents and lesson material. Courts in the Classroom specifically addresses the laws regarding African Americans in Indiana from Statehood to the Civil War, -African Americans' struggles to attain rights within the state legal system, African Americans using the courts to gain their freedom, and the individuals such as lawyers, judges, and abolitionists who supported African Americans in their battles. Lesson plans enable students to analyze primary sources pertaining to specific lawsuits, reenact legal cases from scripts substantiated by documentary evidence, and consider contemporary court rulings. Courts in the Classroom teaches students about the legal history behind the Underground Railroad through hands-on activities.

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: Indiana State House, 200 W. Washington Street, Rm. 304, Indianapolis, Marion, 46204

Website: Indiana Supreme Court- Courts in the Classroom

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Elizabeth Osborn

Location Type: Program