Marion (Indiana)

Grant County


Marion is a city in the state of Indiana in the United States of America. In 2010 the State Census 29,948 inhabitants. The town is the administrative headquarters (English County seat ) of Grant County. The evangelical Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion has its seat


1812 Battle of Mississinewa during the British -American War took place in the immediate vicinity. 1831 called the settlers established the emerging place after Francis Marion, a Brigadier General of the South Carolina militia. In the 1920s, there was a natural gas boom, in which the population increased by 22.7 %.

Lynching in 1930

In 1930 there was the last case of lynching of blacks in the northern states of the USA. On August 7, 1930, three African American, Thomas Shipp, Abram Smith and James Cameron, accused of having carried out a rape of a white girl. Therefore, they were taken to the local jail and beaten there. Shipp and Smith were hanged, Cameron was told by an unidentified witness innocent. James Cameron founded in 1980, the Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee.


According to the Census 2010 live in the town of 29,948 people in 11,828 households and 6739 families. Broken down by race, are 78.1 % White, 14.7% Black or African American, 0.7 % Asian and 0.4 % Native American. 2.4% belonged to other races, and 3.6% had two or more races. Regardless of the race were 5.5 % of the population Hispanics or Latinos.


In 1993, the Marion married actress Julia Roberts and musician Lyle Lovett.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Jim Davis, creator of Garfield
  • James Dean, actor
  • Willis Van Devanter, federal judges
  • William N. Oatis, Journalist
  • Zach Randolph, Basketball Player
  • Thaddeus Shideler, Athlete