Family, Farms, and Land in Lyles Station

Land ownership fostered a pathway to political and economic power for thousands of free black pioneers seeking freedom in the early 19th century. These early trailblazers founded dozens of communities throughout the Northwest Territory in present-day Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and northeastern Minnesota.

Soil from the Greer family farm in Lyles Station, Indiana.

Farming provides a connection to the land that is a vital part of community heritage. Today, only a few homes remain, but nearly half the residents are descendants of the original black settlers. Some families, like the Greers, have worked their own farms since before the Civil War. This soil comes from the original Greer family farm established in 1855.

Everyone can challenge themselves in their families to reconnect with their heritage… Do you know who you are and what legacy you come from?

Denise Greer Jamerson Greer Family