2023 Hall of Legends Event


The 13th class of Howard County Legends will be honored by the Howard County Historical Society at the annual Hall of Legends Program on August 17, 2023 at 6pm at The Venue at Brookstone. Since its inception in 2010 as the brainchild of Craig Dunn, the Hall of Legends has recognized the accomplishments of 73 notable residents and significant organizations of Howard County. They span a broad range of work and contributions, from the arts and humanities to journalism, philanthropy, business, medicine, science, and engineering.

Among those included over the past decade have been America’s first female U.S. Marine, the “Father of Modern Optometry,” the creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, two pioneers of the automobile industry, one of the world’s leading heart surgeons, a country music superstar and an opera singer, three award-winning journalists, and multiple educators, among others. A full list is available on the historical society’s website at https://howardcountymuseum.org/programs/howard-county-legends.
This year’s nominees, chosen from a long list of remarkable people with Howard County roots, include: Ben Cotner, an Emmy-winning Hollywood producer who is now the creative lead for MasterClass.; Dr. Meta Christy, born in Kokomo in 1895, she was the first African-American woman to become an osteopathic physician; Rachel Jenkins, a Greentown historian, newspaper publisher, and political activist; Rev. Dr. Robert A. Lee, a decorated Vietnam veteran, pastor, noted religious speaker, community leader; Don Moore, the owner and operator of Moore's Drugs for 50 years, a leader in national small retail pharmacy organizations and policy-making, and honored Purdue alumnus; and Dr. Lance Washington, a successful physician in Howard and Hamilton counties, philanthropist, and community leader.

A video tribute will be shown during the Howard County Hall of Legends program on August 17, 2023 at 6 p.m.

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