Indiana University’s first black basketball player to be honored with state historical marker

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – A state historical marker honoring Indiana University’s first black basketball player will be unveiled in front of a building that bears the name of a former university trustee who vehemently opposed racial integration.

The Herald-Times reports the marker honoring Bill Garrett will be placed in a grassy area southwest of the Ora L. Wildermuth Intramural Center.

Garrett’s children and the two men who submitted the application for the marker feel it should be placed at the old field house, where Garrett played from 1948 to 1951.

Casey Pfeiffer, head of the Indiana Historical Bureau’s marker program, says the decision to create a marker for Garrett was a “no-brainer.”

The cast-aluminum sign will be unveiled Saturday after a free, public ceremony at 11 a.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union’s Alumni Hall.

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