Event Calendar


Jun 6, 2017
Crown Hill Cemetery, 3400 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN

"SPIRIT OF FREEDOM" - celebrate (with re-enactors) the African-America​ns who fought during the Civil War.

✵WHEN: Monday, June 6, 2017 from 10:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

✵WHAT: Public event to be held with 1,500 IPS 5th & 6th Grade Students (and anyone else who would like to attend!)

✵WHERE TO MEET: enter the 34th St. and Boulevard Place stone gate and follow the orange cones on the road to the event site, which is a large field in "the meadow," west of the underpass.


✵MORE INFO & RSVP: Call (317) 920-2644 or email Marty Davis at mdavis@crownhill.org to RSVP.

✵HELPFUL INFO: Bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Bottled water available. Bring a picnic lunch if desired.

This highly educational event is a celebration the many thousands of African-Americans who fought during the Civil War. These U.S.C.T. (United States Colored Troops) represented one-tenth of the Union Army, which is a little known fact of our Civil War history. Of the 1,537 members of the U.S.C.T. who fought for Indiana, 225 are buried within the Crown Hill National Cemetery. During this event students rotate between three stages as a number of Civil War reenactors share first person accounts from their character's experiences and stories of other important African-Americans who had a major impact upon the outcome of the Civil War. Students learn from Mr. Andrew Bowman reenacting his grandfather, Color Sergeant Andrew Jackson Smith (picture attached), who fought with the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Clinton in January 2001. Among the highlights is a Civil War Cannon firing demonstration. Spirit of Freedom is presented in partnership with the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation, Indianapolis Public School's Multi-Cultural Education Department, Storyteller's Drum, and others. Also participating are students from Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School who provide the Honor Guard and Drum Line.

✵PREVIOUS EVENT PHOTOS [PDF]: http://crownhillhf.org/docs/SpiritOfFreedomPresentation_1.pdf

✵ NOTE: In the event of rain this event mostly likely will be cancelled.

✵ THANK YOU! Did you know that your attendance of our tours and events supports the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation? Check out the restoration and educational programs funded by the Foundation at CrownHillHF.org.

For a list our PUBLIC TOURS & EVENTS for 2017 (with photos!), please visit:

Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery
Web: CrownHill.org
Facebook: CrownHill.org
Twitter: @CrownHill_FHC & @CrownHillCem

Crown Hill Heritage Foundation
Web: CrownHillHF.org
Facebook: CrownHillHeritageFoundation
Twitter: @CrownHillCem

Crown Hill Tour Guide & Historian Tom Davis tweets history, pics, & trivia: @CrownHillTom

CELEBRATING 150 YEARS with “CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary”
In celebration of Crown Hill's 150th Anniversary, Crown Hill Heritage Foundation and Indiana Historical Society Press have published a fantastic coffee table book that’s been chosen as the SILVER PLACE WINNER in Foreward Review's prestigious "BOOK OF THE YEAR" Contest in the Regional Category!

CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is a beautiful 380-page coffee table book which tells the story of our nation's third largest non-government cemetery from it's founding in 1863 (during the Civil War) until today. Authors Douglas Wissing, Marianne Tobias, Rebecca Dolan, and Anne Ryder cover many topics including extensive history, personal and poignant stories, natural history, and numerous vignettes of individuals and families who rest within its historic Gothic gates. It features over 600 beautiful, full color photographs by Marty N. Davis and Richard Fields, including a number of aerial photos of Crown Hill that will capture your attention as they allow you to see Crown Hill as you've never seen it before! Author Douglas Wissing beautifully weaves together 150 years of Crown Hill history with local and state history, creating the context which allowed Crown Hill to become the "City on the Hill" - the final resting place of many of our pioneers, civic leaders, politicians, musicians, actors, artists, automotive manufacturers and Indianapolis 500 notables, military and public safety heroes, and countless others.

CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is available for purchase at the Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery office during regular office hours or may be ordered off of either website. The total cost is $40 per book, or $50 if mailed. You may also order you copy by phone or by mail for $40 each and pick your book up at the Funeral Home and Cemetery office Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. For more information, please contact Marianne Randjelovic at development@crownhill.org or call (317) 920-4165.

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