Corydon dedicates historical marker to former slave Polly Strong - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Corydon dedicates historical marker to former slave Polly Strong

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Honoring the Indiana woman who made a successful effort to end her own enslavement.

A historical marker was dedicated to Polly Strong on Capitol Avenue in Corydon on Wednesday. 

An innkeeper in Vincennes bought Strong in 1806.

Ten years later, the 1816 Indiana Constitution prohibited slavery, but Strong had to fight for her freedom through the courts.

In 1820, the Indiana Supreme Court in Corydon ruled that "slavery can have no existence in Indiana."

"It's a very prominent location," said Maxine Brown, who petitioned for the marker. "It's a beautiful marker and it's probably long overdue, but I'm hopeful after having visited our community and even the residents of our community will be better educated about the history."

The historical marker cost about $2,200 to put in place.

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