Rooted in Love, Lifted in Strength is a documentary following the Pettiford-Weaver family–descendants of one of the first Black settlements in Indiana. Through faith, family, and fortitude they have nourished one another at family reunions for 100+ consecutive years and celebrated their heritage with ownership of their recently reclaimed historic land.
Fleeing slavery and persecution, Black settlers moved to Grant County, Indiana in the 1840s establishing what would become the Weaver Settlement. The settlement included schools, churches, stores, a horseracing track, and even a home for the elderly. A limited supply of farm land and higher paying city jobs drew people away from the settlement in the 1920s and 30s, but the descendants of this proud self-contained Black community have boasted an annual family reunion since 1919.
Learn more about this amazing family and their history – Indiana’s history! – by viewing a documentary and hearing from descendants of the Pettiford-Weaver family.
Doors open at 6pm for a soul reception with the documentary viewing beginning at 6:30pm. An audience discussion will follow.
Questions? 317-413-0926 or PettifordWeaverLand@gmail.com.
Event Partners: Loving Life Productions, LLC; the Pettiford-Weaver Family; and WFYI Public Media.
Event Registration: Registration requested by Nov. 9. As of 11/7/23, this event is SOLD OUT and cannot guarantee seating.
Image Courtesy Loving Life Productions, LLC and the Pettiford-Weaver Family