Civil Rights Heritage Center

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The Civil Rights Heritage Center (CRHC) was established on the campus of Indiana University South Bend as a result of student interest and faculty support as a center for the study and documentation of civil rights history. Through community involvement, students, faculty, and community members joined forces to push for the restoration of a public building known for its policy of racial discrimination against African Americans as a center for the study of civil rights.

Learn more about the history of the CRHC


The CRHC is dedicated to embracing the Indiana University mission of creating “a dynamic partnerships with the state and local communities in economic, social, and cultural development and to offer leadership in creative solutions for 21st century problems.” It fulfills this mission through its public programing, exhibitions on topics related to Civil Rights and Social Justice, classes, and community meetings.

CRHC Events


the CRHC is committed to detailing and documenting the local civil rights history of Northern Indiana, and Michiana, as part of the larger national narrative of Civil Rights Activism among Africa-Americans, Mexican Americans, and other groups.

CRHC Library

Local History


The CRHC works to support student participation in the development of local primary sources through our Oral History Program, and our encouragement of student organizational development in the area of Civil Rights studies. It is a training site for CRHC Interns, student workers, scholarship recipients, and local high school students who visit to participate in programming.

Opportunities for Students