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Historic MLK National Holiday Law Signing exhibit closes Dec. 11

Only a few days remain for visitors to see the “Former U.S. Representative Katie Hall and the 35th Anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Law” Exhibit. Currently on display at the Gary Public Library and Cultural Center, 226 West 5th Avenue, Gary, Indiana, the exhibit will end on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

Included in the exhibition is the historic, iconic, and world famous photograph of U.S. Representative Katie Hall and other national dignitaries watching as Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States of America signs House of Representatives Bill, H.R. 3706, “The King Bill,” designating the third Monday in January as a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (circa November 2, 1983). Dr. King would become the only African-American in the history of the U.S. Congress to be honored with a national holiday.

The display also includes photographs of Mrs. Hall with such local and national luminaries as the Honorable Richard G. Hatcher, former Mayor of Gary, Indiana; the Honorable Thomas V. Barnes, former Mayor of Gary, Indiana; Mrs. Rosa Parks, “Mother of the modern Civil Rights Movement”; the Honorable Geraldine Ferraro, 1988 Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate; and the late Rev. Arthur Brazier, Chicago, Illinois.

Then Indiana State Representative and Indiana State Senator Katie Hall is also shown at her desk at the Indiana Senate Chambers in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In honor of Indiana’s first African-American to serve in the United States House of Representatives, the public is encouraged to visit this very educational exhibit. The exhibit now on display featuring Mrs. Hall began on October 1, 2018.


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