Statehouse display celebrates women in Indiana history

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This photo of Emma Christy Baker - the first black woman to be an officer with the Indianapolis Police Department - is hanging at the Statehouse as part of a Women's History Month display. Photo by Lesley Weidenbener, TheStatehouseFile.com

This photo of Emma Christy Baker – the first black woman to be an officer with the Indianapolis Police Department – is hanging at the Statehouse as part of a Women’s History Month display. Photo by Lesley Weidenbener, TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Four women who broke gender barriers in Indiana are featured in a display at the Statehouse celebrating Women’s History Month.

The display – created by the Indiana State Archives – includes photos and information about:

•    Dr. Sarah Stockton (1842-1924), the first female physician at Central State Hospital in Indianapolis.

•    Emma Christy Baker (1865-1955), the first black woman to be an officer with the Indianapolis Police Department.

•    Antionette Dakin Leach (1859-1922), the first woman to challenge denial of admission to the state bar based on gender.

•    Lovina Streight (1830-1910), who earned her title “Mother of the Fifty-first” by accompanying the Fifty-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry at battle and nursed the sick and dying.

The display is located on the south end of the fourth floor of the Statehouse and may be viewed during the building’s public hours.

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