South Bend celebrates Schuyler Colfax day

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- Today marks the second annual Schuyler Colfax day in South Bend as the city works to increase awareness of a local American hero.

He was born 191 years ago today and played a huge part in our nation's history.

Colfax served as speaker of the House of Representatives under President Lincoln and he was elected as the 17th Vice President of the United States under President Ulysses s. Grant.

Deputy Mayor Mark Neal and members of the South Bend Common Council laid a wreath at Colfax’s grave in the South Bend City Cemetery this afternoon.

11 yr. old James Schultz was a special guest presenter on Colfax's legacy.

“We hope that this continues a discussion of what some of the great leaders of South Bend have accomplished and that we hope to honor their legacies as we continue to grow the city,” stated Deputy Mayor Neal.

Colfax is remembered for his dedication to civil rights with his support of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments.

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