Groundbreaking set for Coffin House center

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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. 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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