Union Literary Institute

Area residents are invited to watch the marker dedicated at 3 p.m.  Sunday at the Union Literary Institute’s former site near 8605 East Road 600 S. in Union City. Photo supplied

 A public dedication ceremony for an Indiana state historical marker commemorating Union Literary Institute is scheduled 3 p.m. Sunday at the facility’s former site, along Road East 600S, Union City, Ind., near 8605 East Road 600S. Parking for the event will be available at the site.

The marker reads:

 Union Literary Institute was one of the first schools to offer higher education without regard to color or sex before the Civil War. It was established in 1846 by a biracial board, including free blacks from nearby settlements. At the time, Indiana laws did not allow blacks to attend the public schools. Students labored four hours a day in exchange for room and board. The school was supported by local and national donations, including land. Ebenezer Tucker was the first teacher, and notable attendees included Hiram Revels, the first black U.S. Senator, and James S. Hinton, the first black elected to the Indiana House of Representatives. In 1860, a two-story brick structure was built. The school was a noted Underground Railroad stop.

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