Lyles Station Historic School & Museum to celebrate 100th anniversary

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Published: Feb. 14, 2022 at 5:21 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 18, 2022 at 5:56 AM CST
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GIBSON CO., Ind. (WFIE) - With Black History Month well underway, Lyles Station is gearing up for its 100th-anniversary celebration.

Few places in Indiana have as rich of a history as Lyles Station does.

The people in charge at Lyles say there’s a unique story to be told in this community that rings especially true in Black history month.

This coming weekend they’re going to have events that discuss and examine the history of some of the people who graduated from Lyles Consolidated School.

Stanley Madison who’s president at the school said they want to take the opportunity to look at the African American contribution to agriculture and the establishment of Indiana as a state.

Madison said that understanding your own history is important.

For African Americans, he says Lyles Station represents a part of their history they can be especially proud of.

“There was a lot of difficult times for the state of Indiana and the Northwest Territory, and we were a part of that,” he said.

Madison said that learning more about that shows the potential people have when they work hard with and for one another.

“It gives you a different point of view of who we are and how we have struggled to be at this point of life in the 21st century,” he said. “Yes, it’s been a difficult time. Yes, it’s been a lot of changes that have happened, but it’s taken all of us working together to get us to where we’re at today.”

He says knowing it happened right here in Gibson County makes it easier to relate.

Their event begins with a documentary on Friday at 6 p.m. and a full slate of events from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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