TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Just over two years after the City of Terre Haute dedicated a historical marker to a man who was lynched in 1901, more additions are coming to the site.
The marker was put up in 2021 to honor the life of George Ward after he was lynched in 1901 only 100 feet from where the marker is placed. The improvements that are coming are part of phase one of the project.
The improvements include a reflection space, improved landscaping, along with flowers being added by the American Society of Civil Engineers from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
The RHIT group also created the template used to design the dimensions of the reflection space.
Dr. Crystal Reynolds is a local historian, and she expresses how grateful she is that this history is able to be showcased to the public.
“It’s not just, as I’ve always said, it’s not just black history, it’s everybody’s history. We are just so happy that this history has come into the open and we are able to showcase it here,” said Reynolds.
She also wanted to add her gratitude for those involved with the project.
“I am forever grateful for all of the people, groups, and companies that made this space a reality. It would not have been possible without the time, money, and labor put in by these individuals,” added Reynolds.
All of these additions will be open to the public to view and use on Wednesday.