Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Austin Tann


This information is taken from the Combined History of Edwards, Lawrence and Wabash Counties (1883 Edition)

Among the tribes, remnants of whom, at the advent of the white man, roamed over the territory of the county, in sport and pastime, by marsh and stream and river and timberskirt,were the Miamis, Pottawatomie's, Delawares, Shawnees and others. The latter through Tecumseh, claimed the whole of the
Wabash Valley, and endeavored to annul the title of government to such territory as it had acquired from other tribes. The dramatic interview between Tecumseh and Gov. Harrison in this behalf, has passed into history, and was witnessed by Austin Tann, an early colored pioneer.

(Austin Tann was among the earliest Black settlers in Lawrence County. He was a resident of Fort Allison on the Wabash River. He later owned property east of Pinkstaff and is buried in the Tann Cemetery. The Tann homestead and Cemetery will be a part of the Black History Tour on May 25th.)  

Buy tickets for this tour May 25 10:30 or 12:30 at the Chamber of Commerce now.  The groups will be traveling by bus which will leave from the Museum on the Square shortly after the designated times.