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Corydon in Harrison County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Polly Strong Slavery Case

 
 
Polly Strong Slavery Case Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2018
1. Polly Strong Slavery Case Marker (Side 1)
Inscription.  Polly Strong was born into slavery circa 1796 in the Northwest Territory. Vincennes innkeeper Hyacinthe Lasselle purchased her circa 1806. Although the 1816 Indiana Constitution prohibited slavery and involuntary servitude, in 1820, Strong and attorney Amory Kinney had to pursue her freedom in the Knox County Circuit Court. This Court ruled that Strong remained enslaved.

Strong appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court in Corydon which ruled in State v. Lasselle, July 22, 1820: “slavery can have no existence” in Indiana. This decision did not free remaining slaves in Indiana; it did establish 1816 Indiana Constitution as the authority for decisions in Indiana courts regarding slavery and involuntary servitude, including 1821 Mary Clark case.
 
Erected 2016 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Harrison County Committee for the Indiana Bicentennial, and Leora Brown School.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
 
Location. 38° 12.709′ N, 86° 

Polly Strong Slavery Case Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2018
2. Polly Strong Slavery Case Marker (Side 2)
7.554′ W. Marker is in Corydon, Indiana, in Harrison County. Marker is on Old Hwy 135 (Indiana Route 337), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corydon IN 47112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Downtown Corydon (a few steps from this marker); World War I Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Harrison County (a few steps from this marker); World War I (a few steps from this marker); In Honor Of The Men from Harrison County (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Corydon (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named World War I (within shouting distance of this marker); Dedicated In Everlasting Tribute (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corydon.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
Polly Strong Slavery Case Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2018
3. Polly Strong Slavery Case Marker
Polly Strong Slavery Case Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2018
4. Polly Strong Slavery Case Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 14, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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