INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Lonnie Randolph, D-East Chicago, presided Thursday over the unveiling of two busts of trailblazing African-American Hoosier politicians, now on permanent display in the Statehouse.
One of the bronze sculpted heads memorializes James Hinton (1834-1892), R-Indianapolis, the first African-American elected to the Indiana General Assembly (1880).
The other portrays Julia Carson (1938-2007), D-Indianapolis, who along with Katie Hall (1938-2012), D-Gary, became in 1976 the first black women to serve in the Indiana Senate. Carson and Hall both were later elected to the U.S. House.
Randolph, the chairman of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, was joined by Gov. Mike Pence and sculptor John Hair, among others, in unveiling the busts during the Statehouse's annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration.