Sarah T. Bolton Historical Marker
This marker sits on the location where famed Indiana poet, singer, and activist, Sarah T. Bolton (1814-1893), lived from 1871-1893. Though born in Newport, Kentucky, she spent the most of her years in Indianapolis. She is well known in Indiana not just for her poetry and singing, but for her activism for women's rights. This area is called Beech Bank due to the prominence of Beech trees, of which the Boltons named their farmstead, "Beech Bank." The marker sits to the west of Bolton Park
Backstory and Context
Bolton was Indiana's foremost female singer for many years. A complete collection of her poetry was published in Indianapolis in 1886. She has been called the "Pioneer Poet Laureate of Indiana". She also donated to the State of Indiana 180 acres of land for the building of what was then known as the Indiana Hospital for the Insane. She is commemorated by the Sarah T. Bolton Relief, a 1941 bronze relief in the Indiana Statehouse. Additionally, and is best known for her poem "Paddle Your Own Canoe" (1850) and as an activist for women's rights where she worked with Robert Dale Owen during Indiana's 1850–1851 constitutional convention to include the recognition of women's property rights.
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