Black History Month in Muncie: Muncie 'firsts'

Editor's note: To celebrate Black History Month, The Star Press will feature a daily brief about prominent Black community members in Delaware County.

MUNCIE, Ind. — The first African American family to settle in Muncie is believed to have been that of Edward and Maria Scott, who arrived in the mid-1840s.

Edward, born in Virginia in 1810, was a barber. The Scotts — who had been married in Henry County — were the parents of eight children, three of whom survived into adulthood.

Black History Month
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Edward Scott died in 1861. Maria Scott — who remarried and was later known as Maria Artist — helped found the local Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church,

By the 1850s, about 40 Black families lived in Muncie, with surnames including Artist, Baxter, Carey, Collins, Evans, Ferguson, Hurdle, Jones, Poindexter, Roberts, Shoecraft, Sizemore, Stokes, Trimble, Walker and Williams.

The first Black student to graduate from what would become Central High School was Addie Knight, in 1880.

Source: Delaware County Historical Society

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