Project collects Howard Co. courthouse bombing memories

(Kokomo Tribune file photo)

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — The experiences of those who survived a bomb blast that rocked a central Indiana courthouse 27 years ago are being preserved with an oral history project.

The Howard County Historical Society says it identified and interviewed 19 people who were at the downtown Kokomo courthouse at the time of the April 1987 explosion or were directly affected by it.

Historical society director Dave Broman tells the Kokomo Tribune the project gives relevance and humanity to the artifacts and documents included in the group’s courthouse bombing collection.

The explosion killed the bomber who was on trial for drug dealing charges and injured 20 people, including his lawyer and the county sheriff.

The society is recognizing the oral history project participants with a public reception on May 1. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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