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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines


LAWRENCE COUNTY - DECEMBER 29, 2022 - Jeaneen Sons loves genealogy and came across the family of Jesse Nelson who lived in Marshall Township who served in the United States Colored Troops.

Clarance Brown (left) and Jeaneen Sons request a statue honoring the United States Colored Troops

Jesse Nelson married one of his father's slaves, Lucy. The couple having three sons Fletcher, Ephraim and Jesse Jr. who the sons enlisted in the United States Colored Troops and served during the civil war.

" They escaped slavery and when they could not fight for the Union Army they enlisted with the colored troops," said Sons.

During a recent Lawrence County Commissioners meeting Sons and Clarance Brown appeared before the county commissioners asking the commissioners to honor the memory of the Nelson family. This includes the other Color Infantryman who served by placing a statue in the Lawrence County rotunda.

There are several monuments to honor the men and women who fought in every war, with the exception of the Civil War.

" This has laid heavy on my heart, and I knew I needed to do something," Sons told the Lawrence County Commissioners.

The Nelson brothers enlisted in the 28th regiment, which was Indiana's first and only black regiment.

With the help of some local residents to secure a monument with estimated cost of $65,000 to $75,000.

Tevin Norman of TexaCon Cut Stone donated the limestone, and Teddy Sowders is carving a statue of a Civil War Colored Infantry Officer.

Clarance Brown posed for the statue and was photographed by Kevin Hudson. The infantry officer will be holding a musket and a wreath with those who served.

Sons would like the statue to be kept in the Lawrence County Courthouse.

File photo Lawrence County Commissioners Wally Branham, President Rodney Fish, and Dustin Gabhart

" You are asking a monumental request," said Lawrence County Commissioners President Rodney Fish with a grin.

" You are looking at 145 pounds per cubic foot," said Commissioner Wally Branham who has worked and hauled limestone for a local company.

" We need to make sure the courthouse floors could support the weight," Branham added.

The courthouse floor will be assessed to make sure the floors of the courthouse will be able to support the weight of the statue.


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