Black Heritage in Dubois County Exhibit Opens February 18th


Rachel Kirlin (center) and the pitcher and bowl that are used in the exhibit at the Dubois County Museum

Jasper (Local Sources) – The exhibit of Black Heritage in Dubois County has a new addition of select items from Lee Martin (deceased) and Pearline Martin Brahm. Artifacts are shown from Rachel Kirlin who had come to Indiana with a family, then got sick, and went to live with the family of Lee’s great-, great-, great-, great-, grandfather James Crawford.

Rachel helped to raise their children and had a permanent room in their home. Indiana had strict laws against slavery in those days. Most slaves who came were set free soon after coming, but some chose to stay with the families (but free). Their closeness to the family is indicated by the fact that Rachel was buried in the Hackelman plot. (Lee’s ancestral line.)

Visitors to the museum will find not only the previous exhibit unveiled in 2013 of the Freedom Settlement story and the binder of their ancestry, but now the quilt made by Rachel, her own pitcher and bowl, and letters from the family to Rachel in the late 1800’s.

The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am-2:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm-4:00pm.  Closed on Monday.

The Dubois County Museum is a local nonprofit organization committed to the collection, preservation and interpretation of historical artifacts and information important to the citizens of the county.  Museum operations are funded by annual memberships, admissions, donations and gifts from visitors, area residents and businesses.   The DCM staff consists entirely of volunteers.  It is located in Jasper at 2704 N. Newton Street (US231).  Call (812) 634-7733.  Please allow two hours to view exhibits.   Visit the museum web site at Like on Facebook.

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