The Fort Wayne community united Saturday to honor the life of civil rights icon Hana Stith.
Loved ones gathered at Pilgrim Baptist Church for the funeral of the legendary activist. It was a celebration filled with song, prayer and poems, something her family says she would have wanted.
“She’s probably the funniest person I’ve ever met,” said Stith’s granddaughter Hanani Taylor. “She’s such a fun and sassy grandmother.”
To the community Hana Stith was a trailbrazer. She was a teacher for decades, an activist and a role model for many.
“Mrs. Stith was my second grade teacher 58 years ago,” said Patricia Causey. “She was small in stature but she was a giant otherwise because she didn’t have a preference of who she loved, she loved everybody.”
While Stith’s family grieves her loss, they are also celebrating her legacy.
“I hope people in the community remember that my grandmother is the foundation of a lot of the things that are going on in Fort Wayne right now, museums, programs, schools, she is in that foundation,” said Taylor.
To celebrate her life, the city of Fort Wayne has proclaimed September 15 as Hana Stith day.
Stith was laid to rest at Covington Memorial Cemetery following the funeral.