The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is deeply saddened by the passing of former executive director Barbara Williamson, age 74, on Oct. 8. Williamson led the ACLU of Indiana from 1973 to 1979 after having volunteered at the organization. During her tenure, the then ICLU won an injunction that allowed it to rent a booth at the Indiana State Fair after it had been denied that right for being "too controversial." Under her leadership, the ICLU also successfully took on the Indiana Textbook Commission's efforts to add an overtly creationist textbook to the biology curriculum.

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More about Williamson's work at the ACLU of Indiana can be found here: http://www.aclu-in.org/about/our-history/46-reflections-from-former-aclu-of-indiana-executive-directors.

Barbara Williamson's obituary may be found here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/indystar/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=181886956

According to wishes of the family, donations in memory of Barbara Williamson may be made to the ACLU of Indiana. If you wish to make such a gift, please contact Neil Hudelson, nhudelson@aclu-in.org, for more information.


 

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