What is a sacred space? For the following stories, “sacred” refers to places that have been (and continue to be) regarded with reverence by the people of Indianapolis. This includes traditional religious spaces such as churches, synagogues, and cemeteries. Other sites that have occupied a “sacred” position among specific Indianapolis groups are featured as well.
For example, many Hoosiers have visited the Circle City’s war memorials and monuments to honor the country’s war dead. Others have gone to one of Indianapolis’ most famed sports arenas to witness the nation’s best athletes compete. Meanwhile, members of a noted fraternal organization built one of Indy’s largest temples as a meeting ground for their organization, while another venue was established to provide the city’s African American community with first-rate entertainment. Finally, female shoppers regularly went to a popular downtown department store that was noted for its quality products, top-notch service, and numerous holiday events. Each site holds deep meaning for different groups in Indianapolis.
In the end, the purpose of this tour is to provide a glimpse at the diversity of revered establishments throughout the city. We also hope that the following stories will encourage you to consider what “sacred” means to you.