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Harrison County delegates honored

Harrison County delegates honored
Harrison County delegates honored
State Archivist Jim Corridan speaks Friday as Dennis Pennington descendants stand during the grave dedication for Pennington, one of the 43 delegates to the Indiana Constitutional Convention. Photo by Ross Schulz

Bicentennial celebrations in Harrison County continued Friday afternoon with the dedication of grave markers for two of the 43 delegates to the Indiana Constitution.
First was the ceremony for Dennis Pennington, buried alongside his wife, Elizabeth, in the Pennington Chapel Cemetery northwest of Corydon.
The ceremony included State Rep. Rhonda Rhoads reading a legislative proclamation honoring Pennington.
‘He was a very special man, born in 1776; we all know that was a very special time in history,’ Rhoads said. ‘He was born right before we began our journey as a country, and then he helped us go down the journey in history of becoming a state. He was destined to become a history person with the very special year he was born.’
Pennington was the only one of the 43 to be honored by the state legislature.
Jim Corridan, the state archivist and director of the Indiana Archives and Records Administration, said Pennington was a critical figure in the state’s history and called him ‘kingmaker in the political world.’
‘He was the statesman of Harrison County,’ he said.
Other than being one of the signers of the constitution, Pennington served 29 years in the territorial and state legislatures and was the census enumerator in 1815 and 1850.
A number of Pennington descendants ‘ wearing Pennington descendant T-shirts ‘ attended the ceremony and took photos with state dignitaries at the grave site. Others dressed in 1816-era attire.
Later that afternoon, John Boone, another Harrison County delegate to the Constitutional Convention, was honored at Old Goshen Cemetery near Laconia. Rhoads laid flowers at the feet of the cast bronze statue depicting John’s cousin, Squire Boone.
John Boone was a farmer who came to Harrison County from Kentucky during the territorial period and was a member of the first legislature, serving on the education committee, meaning he most likely played a major role in the language stating free education for all residents of the state.
Both ceremonies included the pledge of allegiance to the American flag and a moment of silence to honor the delegates.
The Honoring Indiana’s Founders ceremonies will continue throughout the year until all 43 delegates are recognized.
Upcoming Harrison County bicentennial events include Art at the Old Capitol (Saturday and Sunday in downtown Corydon), Corydon Capital Days ‘A step back in time’ (July 9 and 10), Historic Cemetery Tour (Aug. 13 and Sept. 24), bicentennial quilt show at the Artisan Center in Corydon (Sept. 8), the Indiana torch relay kick-off in Corydon (Sept. 9), Zimmerman Art Glass Glasstoberfest (Oct. 14 and 15), Stardust Jubilee: 200th Birthday Party Celebration at Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Bridgeport (Dec. 1) and the time capsule ceremony in Corydon (Dec. 16).
For more information about events, visit indianabicentennial.com. For more about statewide events, visit indianabicentennial.org.

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