Historic Hoosier hysteria

It’s winter in Indiana and that can mean one thing — it’s basketball time in the Hoosier state!

Pictured at right is the first basketball team at Booker T. Washington School, an African-American school in Terre Haute, Indiana. This photo, which is part of the collection of the Vigo County Historical Society, was taken in the early 1900s.

Booker T. Washington School was used as an alternative school in recent years until a new facility was built and the students moved there in the fall of 2010. The old building, which is located at 1201 S. 13th Street, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

According to the documentation with the photograph, the first person on the second row left is the late entertainer Scatman (Benjamin Sherman) Crothers.

To view this photo more closely, click here.

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