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Bicentennial Legends:
Bicentennial Unity Plaza


The fourth and final mural in the Bicentennial Legends series features 43 portraits of Hoosier legends on east wall of the Steak 'n Shake building overlooking the new Bicentennial Unity Plaza. The project is a partnership between Indy Arts Council and Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

Chicago-based artist Anna Murphy painted the mural between July and October 2023.


Robert Brokenburr (1886-1974)
Civil rights leader; first African American American elected to the Indiana State Senate 

Rev. Andrew J. Brown, Jr. (1921-1996)
Pastor and civil rights leader; co-founder of Indiana Black Expo 

Mary Ellen Cable (1861-1944)
Educator and civic leader; first president of Indiana chapter of NAACP 

Hoagie Carmichael (1899-1981)
Musician, composer and songwriter of popular film and stage tunes

Julia Carson (1938-2007)
Elected official from Indianapolis; first Black woman to represent Indianapolis in Washington DC

Harriette Bailey Conn (1922-1981)
Attorney, politician and civil rights activist who championed the rights of women and minorities

William “Bill” Crawford (1936-2015)
Politician who initiated the Kennedy-King memorial; co-founder of Indiana Black Expo

Feliciano “Felix” Espinoza (1927-2007)
Co-founder of the Hispanic Multi-Service Center (aka El Centro, now La Plaza)

Mari Evans (1919-2017)
Black Arts Movement poet, writer and playwright

(Rabbi) Morris Marcus Feuerlicht (1879-1959)
Co-founder, Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis; spokesman against the Ku Klux Klan

Calvin Fletcher (1798-1866)
Attorney, banker and farmer; Indiana state senator

Father Boniface Hardin (1933-2012)
Social activist; founding President of Martin University

Pres. Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901)
23rd President of the United States

William Hudnut (1932-2016)
Beloved 45th mayor of Indianapolis who elevated the city to national prominence

Anton “Tony” Hulman, Jr. (1901-1977)
Businessman who turned the Indianapolis Motor Speedway into an international motorsports venue

Sam Jones (1928-2006)
Civil rights leader; first president of the Indianapolis Urban League

Amelia R. Keller (1871-1943)
Doctor, medical pioneer and suffragist; first female faculty member at IU School of Medicine

Moy Jin Kee (1847-1914)
Immigrant and merchant who fought for citizenship rights; known as "the mayor of Indianapolis' Chinese community"

Bobby “Slick” Leonard (1932-2021)
Championship Pacers coach, pro basketball player and color commentator

Col. Eli Lilly (1838-1898)
Founder of internationally known pharmaceutical company; inspired the creation of the FDA

Josiah Lilly Sr. (1861-1948)
Industrialist and philanthropist; established Lilly Endowment Inc.

Josiah Lilly Jr. (1893-1966)
Industrialist and philanthropist; donated his Oldfields estate to form the Indianapolis Museum of Art (now Newfields)

Eli Lilly (1885-1977)
Industrialist and philanthropist; historic preservation activist

Dr. Frank Perry Lloyd (1919-2002)
Physician, civic leader, first Black president of Methodist Hospital

Daisy Riley Lloyd (1928-2019)
First African American woman to serve in the Indiana legislature (1964); co-founder of the Center for Leadership Development

Richard Green Lugar (1932-2019)
Former Indianapolis mayor and longtime senator from Indiana

Edna Martin (1897-1974)
Civic leader in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood; youth and teen advocate

William G. “Bill” Mays (1945-2014)
Industrialist and civic leader

Wes Montgomery (1923-1968)
Internationally known, revolutionary jazz musician

John Morton-Finney (1889-1998)
Attorney, educator and civil rights activist

Willard B. “Mike” Ransom (1916-1995)
Civil rights attorney who won the integration of Indiana’s schools 5 years before Brown vs. Board of Education

Henry J. Richardson Jr. (1902-1983)
Attorney and politician who fought discrimination in awarding publicly funded contracts

Roselyn Comer Richardson (1913-2005)
Equal-rights activist who successfully fought discrimination in IPS schools

James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916)
Writer, poet and author known as the “Hoosier Poet” and “Children’s Poet”

Carolyn “Carrie” Barnes Ross (1883-1918)
Educator; helped organize Indiana’s first all African-American led suffrage organization

May Wright Sewall (1844-1920)
One of Indiana’s best-known leaders in the women’s suffrage movement

Mel Simon (1926-2009)
Businessman and philanthropist; owner of the Indiana Pacers

George Pheldon Stewart (1874-1924)
Civil rights leader and co-founder of the Indianapolis Recorder newspaper

Marshall “Major” Taylor (1878-1932)
International cycling champion and racial justice advocate

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007)
Literary icon whose books became classics of American counterculture

Madam CJ Walker (1867-1919)
Philanthropist, social activist and first female self-made millionaire

Herman Wells (1902-2000)
Educational visionary; 12th president of Indiana University

John Wooden (1910-2010)
Championship NCAA basketball coach known as “the Wizard of Westwood”

The Indianapolis Bicentennial Commission primarily funds the Bicentennial Legends series. Additional funding for the Bicentennial Unity Plaza mural was provided by the Capital Improvement Board of Managers of Marion County.


Anna Murphy, who lives in Chicago and was born in England, balances her time between creating fine art paintings for galleries and outdoor murals and art installations.

“I was excited to create a design that celebrates these legends’ gifts and stories, while also inspiring future generations to blossom into their own modern-day legends,” she said.

She will be assisted by Indianapolis-based painter Phyllicia Carr, as part of a Bicentennial Legends apprentice program.

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