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The Forrest Service is hosting a presentation on the Lick Creek Settlement.

On Tuesday, July 25, from 6 to 7:30 pm as part of the Bedford Outdoors Series, speaker Tesa Villalobos, Forest Archaeologist, will share highlights of the story of the pioneering eleven free Black families who fled North Carolina before 1820 in search of a place of safety. 

Led by a Quaker named Jonathon Lindley, these families made their way westward to Indiana and settled in what is now the Lick Creek area in Orange County in the Hoosier National Forest.  

Villalobos will also discuss plans for future interpretation of the history of this area in conjunction with the descendants.

The presentation will be held at the historic Otis Park Bath House located at 607 Tunnelton Road, east of Bedford. Participants are asked to reserve a seat by contacting Autumn Ray, Bedford Parks Department, at 812-275-5692.

The presentation can also be seen through a live stream on the Hoosier National Forest Facebook page, @hoosiernf.

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