Historian remembers Massacre at Deer Lick Creek

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Pendleton — The 210th anniversary of one of south Madison County’s most important historical events will happen this week.

On March 22, 1824 — just years after Indiana had been declared a state — nine American Indians were murdered in cold blood in Adams Township. The chain of events that started after their bodies were found the following morning left three men hanged for their brutal crimes.

Faith Burmeister, a local historian, has spent more than 20 years researching the Massacre at Deer Lick Creek and said the capture, trial and hanging of three local white men for their crimes was an important starting point for American Indians.

“It was the first time the rights of Indians were recognized not just in Indiana, but the entire country,” Burmeister said. “It was the first time someone was tried for a murder of an Indians and it happened right here in Madison County.”


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