Indiana's first female African American lawyer worked in South Bend
SOUTH BEND, Ind.—A local African American couple spent much of the early 20th century working as civil rights lawyers in the Midwest.
J. Chester Allen and Elizabeth Fletcher worked with the NAACP and Urban League to fight racial inequities in the South Bend area.
Allen represented St. Joseph County in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1939 until 1943.
An exhibit is available at the Civil Rights Heritage Center that shares more about their local impact and work in civil rights.