Funeral set for FW trailblazer Hana Stith

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Funeral arrangements are now set for Fort Wayne African-American trailblazer Hana Stith who died Wednesday, September 5, in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 90.

Celebration of a life well lived: The Homegoing of Hana L. Stith will take place at Pilgrim Baptist Church at 1331 Gay Street, Saturday, September 15. Viewing will be from 9 to 11 a.m. that day with the funeral immediately following.

Ellis Funeral Home will hold the burial ceremony at Covington Memorial Cemetery at 8408 Covington Road in Fort Wayne. Stith will be interred in a mausoleum at Covington Memorial next to her husband.

Stith was a champion of education and the community. She was one of the first African-American teachers at Fort Wayne Community Schools. She retired from FWCS in 1996. Afterward, she served on the Executive Board of the local chapter of the NAACP and with the Fort Wayne Urban League.

Stith was the first woman appointed to the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission, and she served on the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission and the Fort Wayne Board of Public Safety. She and her husband Harold also founded the African/African-American Historical Society and Museum.

Stith leaves behind a daughter Robin, who is a prominent civil rights attorney in Columbus, Ohio.  

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