FOUNTAIN CITY, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana State Museum says it will break ground later this month on a $3.2 million visitor center at a key eastern Indiana stop on the Underground Railroad.
It announced Tuesday the Oct. 29 groundbreaking for the new Levi Coffin House Interpretive Center will coincide with the 175th anniversary of the home.
It says the 5,100-square-foot visitor center will tell the story of Indiana’s connection to the Underground Railroad.
Levi and Catherine Coffin were 19th-century anti-slavery activists. The museum says more than 1,000 freedom seekers passed through their home about 65 miles east of Indianapolis on their way to freedom.
The museum says it has commitments for 70 percent of the cost of visitor center. It’s due to open in 2016.