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The life of a Ferdinand native may be heading to a national museum in Washington DC.

With the help of some state leaders including Senator Mike Braun, the story of Ida Hagan, a Ferdinand Native may be headed to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a Smithsonian Institution museum in Washington DC.

Ida Hagan is known for being the first postmistress in Indiana and being the first documented African American pharmacist in the country.

Glinda Steele has worked since 2013 to documenting Hagan’s life and accomplishments.

For Steele, it was not just being a family friend that pushed her to document Hagan’s life. She wanted to show people how significant Hagan’s life really was. And finding out each little fact made Steel become obsessed with telling Hagan’s story.

The story of Ida Hagen was presented Friday afternoon at the Wollenmann House in Ferdinand and featured it’s host Former Lt. Governor and now Ivy Tech Community College President Sue Ellspermann along with Senator Mike Braun and Jim Mehling. After the story presentation, attendees visited the Freedom Settlement Cemetary located between Ferdinand and St. Henry.

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