Black pioneers, fleeing threats to their freedom in southern slave states, settled in Grant County by the 1840s. With other free and formerly enslaved families who arrived over the following decades, they cleared and drained the forested, swampy land to establish productive farms. The self-sustaining community called Weaver Settlement grew to over 3000 acres by 1860.
Weaver men served in the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War and held local political power by 1870. The settlement included schools, churches, stores, a horseracing track, and home for the elderly funded by Masons. While some left for job opportunities, Weaver prospered into the 1930s. Pettiford-Weaver descendants have reunited annually for over 100 years.
Erected 2020 by Indiana Historical Bureau; Weaver Historical Marker Committee; Prince Hall Masons; Order of the Eastern Star; Family and Friends of Weaver Settlement. (Marker Number 27.2020.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Agriculture
Location. 40° 27.96′ N, 85° 43.24′ W. Marker is near Marion, Indiana, in Grant County. Marker is at the intersection of West 600 South (County Route 600 S) and County Route 350 W, on the right when traveling west on West 600 South. The marker is in front of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge and OES Farm. and the Hill Chapel. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2600 W 600 S, Marion IN 46953, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Weaver Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Eternal Flame Of Peace (approx. 4.6 miles away); The John H. Wilson House (approx. 4.9 miles away); The M. J. Millspaugh House (approx. 5 miles away); The Enoch Beals House (approx. 5 miles away); Firefighter Garfield (approx. 5 miles away); The Calvin Dillon House (approx. 5 miles away); The Frank Zigler House (approx. 5 miles away).
Additional keywords. Masonic Lodge Order of the Eastern Star
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