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Brown IBE Governor’s Award winner

Maxine Brown of Corydon was one of 13 people chosen as 2013 IBE Governor’s Award recipients.
Each year, in conjunction with the Indiana Black Expo, the governor honors a group of special citizens in the areas of business and entrepreneurship, community service, civic leadership and cultural heritage.
The awards were presented July 16 at the IBE Governor’s Reception that took place at the Convention Center in Indianapolis.
‘I was thrilled to receive the award from Gov. Pence for my work in cultural heritage,’ Brown said. ‘It is simply titled Governor’s Award for Achievement in Cultural Heritage presented to Maxine Brown as the founder of the Indiana African American Heritage Trail.
‘I am hopeful that this award will validate the importance of my work that concentrates on the development of a heritage trail that starts in Jeffersonville and includes historic sites in Harrison County, such as the Leora Brown School and the Carter House, as well as sites in other Southern Indiana counties.’
Brown purchased and restored the one-room schoolhouse where her aunt once taught. She also saved the Carter House from demolition and secured $50,000 from Harrison County government to purchase a lot near the Brown school, where she had the house moved and stabilized. She is in the process of having the house, which was once owned by Leonard Carter, an African-American Civil War soldier, rehabilitated. Brown is employed as a consultant to a Jeffersonville nonprofit business group.