12. St. Joseph County Courthouses

St. Joseph County Courthouses, 112 S. Lafayette Blvd. and 129 S. Main Street

Tagline: For nearly two centuries, most of the physical structures on this one block in South Bend were intended to stand for justice. They held the first steps of a legal case examining the rights of enslaved people seeking freedom, the first local volunteers and casualties of the Civil War, and a major gathering after the assassination of a civil rights icon.

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Karen White, Oral History collection, Civil Rights Heritage Center Collections, Indiana University South Bend Archives.