Black History Month 2021: Here are ways you can celebrate in Indianapolis and around the state

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Posted at 10:41 AM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2022-03-03 13:28:40-05

INDIANAPOLIS — February is Black History Month and while more events are virtual in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Black culture throughout the month in Indianapolis and around the state.

Art & Soul
Through Feb. 28.

Throughout February, the Arts Council of Indianapolis will host a series of free performances that can be viewed online at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

Art & Soul is in its 25th year, and its 2021 celebration will be highlighted by four featured artists — Christopher Pitts, AshLee Baskin, Matthew Cooper and Yadin Kol.

People can take advantage of dining deals at two Indianapolis restaurants, Pa & Ma's Backyard BBQ and Chef Oya's The Trap, for dine-in or takeout throughout February.

The theme for 2021 is "Back by Popular Demand."

Click here for the date and times with descriptions of performances.

First Thursday at the Indianapolis Children's Museum
4-8 p.m. Feb. 4

A Black Lives Matter mural was painted on a stretch of Indiana Avenue in Downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020.

Fifteen of the artists who worked on Indianapolis' Black Lives Matter Mural last summer on Indiana Avenue will participate in the Children's Museum's First Thursday event.

They will showcase their artwork and discuss their involvement with the mural.

Tickets, which are expected to sell out, are available online for $6.

Click here for more information.

Meet the Artists
Through March 27

The Indianapolis Public Library's Central branch will once again showcase the works of prominent local Black artists.

The library hopes to eventually have the works on display for in-person viewing, but several virtual events will be held throughout February, including the annual fashion show on Feb. 26.

Click here for event dates and times.

Levi & Catharine Coffin House

Underground railroad history in Indiana

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites operate the Levi and Catharine Coffin House, which served as a stop on the Underground Railroad in Fountain City.

The Coffins helped slaves make their way from the South through Indiana to Canada and other free states in the North.

You can take a guided tour of the home and hear stories of people who journeyed for freedom.

Due to the pandemic, face masks are required at the site and tour groups are limited to 10 people at a time at either 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.