1. Statehood Day: March 1 marks the anniversary of Indiana's admission to the Union as the 19th state in 1816. On this day, many Hoosiers celebrate Indiana's rich history and heritage.
2. Indiana's First Capital: Corydon, Indiana, served as the state's first capital from 1816 to 1825. On March 1, 1817, Indiana's first General Assembly convened in the small town and began laying the groundwork for the Hoosier State's early governance.
3. Underground Railroad: Indiana played a significant role in the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses used by enslaved African Americans to escape to freedom in the North. Many anti-slavery activists in Indiana risked their lives to help fugitive slaves, and the state's proximity to the Ohio River made it an important stop on the route to freedom.
4. Basketball: The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) holds its Boys' Basketball State Finals in Indianapolis every year during the first weekend in March. Indiana is known as the "Hoosier State" for its basketball culture, and the IHSAA tournament is one of the largest and most popular high school sports events in the country.
5. Abraham Lincoln: Although he was born in Kentucky and later lived in Illinois, President Abraham Lincoln had significant connections to Indiana. His family moved to Spencer County, Indiana, in 1816, just a few months before the state was admitted to the Union. Lincoln later said that his years in Indiana were "the short and simple annals of the poor." Today, visitors can explore the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in nearby Lincoln City, Indiana, which includes a replica of the cabin where Lincoln lived as a child.
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