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Indiana History Book Discussion Group (Genealogy Dept.)

  • Shelby County Public Library - Carnegie East Wing 33 West Broadway Street Shelbyville, IN, 46176 United States (map)

An Indiana History Book Club meets monthly in the library's Genealogy and History Dept. of the library.

The discussion group meets on the first Wednesday of most months. At this meeting, we will be discussing A LYNCHING IN THE HEARTLAND by James H. Madison. Books are available in the Genealogy Dept.

This department is located in the library's annex, the Carnegie East Wing. 

Donna Dennison, Genealogy Department Head, will lead the discussion. Questions? (317) 398-7002 or ddennison@sscpl.lib.in.us.


On a hot summer night in 1930, three black teenagers accused of murdering a young white man and raping his girlfriend waited for justice in an Indiana jail. A mob dragged them from the jail and lynched two of them. No one in Marion, Indiana was ever punished for the murders. In this gripping account, James H. Madison refutes the popular perception that lynching was confined to the South, and clarifies 20th-century America’s painful encounters with race, justice, and memory.
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