It’s no secret that Indy is home to plenty of greats, including artists, writers, politicians, and racing legends. Some have even chosen to spend eternity here.
We’re taking you on a virtual walk through Crown Hill Cemetery, pointing out a few notable stops along the way.
James Whitcomb Riley | Lot 1, Section 61
The Hoosier poet of “Little Orphan Annie” has shaped the city in many ways. You can still visit his home in Lockerbie Square + the Riley Hospital for Children was founded as a memorial to James. Over 35,000 people came to see him after he died and a Parthenon-style monument was placed on the cemetery’s highest hill for him.
Julia Carson | Lot 172, Section 78
Julia Carson served several terms in both the Indiana House of Representatives + Senate before she became the first woman and African American to represent the state in the U.S. Congress. Her main policy focuses were on school funding, food safety, and blocking children’s access to handguns. She also led Congress to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Rosa Parks in 1999.
John Dillinger | Lot 44, Section 94
Public Enemy No. 1 remains in infamy for his deadly bank robberies, but did you know he was born in Indianapolis? One of those most notorious gangsters of the 20th century began his robbery career at the age of 19 by stealing a car in Mooresville + avoided prosecution by enlisting in the Navy, from which he was dishonorably discharged. He contributed to the untimely deaths of 26 people and stole $359,000. Over $1 million in tax dollars was spent pursuing justice for his crimes.
President Benjamin Harrison | Lot 57, Section 13
The nation’s 23rd president, President Benjamin Harrison came from a family of politicians, including his grandfather, William Henry Harrison, who served as the ninth president. During his time, he emerged as the first “environmental president” by creating forest preserves throughout the U.S. His home on Delaware Street is host to a number of seasonal + civic activities. Did you know you can vote there on Election Day?