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Opening Arguments

Our antebellum virtue

Here's an Indiana quiz for you. What court case does Indiana Supreme Court Chief justice Randall T. Shepard call the most important in state history? This one:

In 1816, the Indiana Constitution was formed, forbidding slavery. The practice continued, however, until a young woman from the Vincennes area put the constitution to the test by suing for her freedom.

The case was appealed all the way to the Indiana Supreme Court, which ruled in Strong's favor at the courthouse in Corydon.

A re-enactment of the event is going to take place Friday, May 14, at 1:30 p.m. in Corydon, and it would be nice if somebody taped it and put it on the Web. We have a lot of ugly stuff in our history, such as the early influence of the KKK, and some pretty goofy stuff as well -- e.g., the the proposed legislation to declare pi to be 3.2 or 3.4. But we've had some good stuff, too, and that's worth remembering and celebrating occasionally.

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