Local woman honored for making history

94-year-old Dorothy Ross received the History Maker award on Sunday.

Posted: Oct 24, 2017 9:02 PM
Updated: Oct 24, 2017 9:02 PM

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - A local woman is making history.

94-year-old Dorothy Ross received the History Maker award on Sunday.

The Vigo County Historical Society presented the award to Ross.

Ross is currently an active historian with decades of research for the Lost Creek Settlement.

Ross is the direct descendant of one of the six free African-American families who traveled by caravan from North Carolina to Vigo County in the 1830s.

“She is such a wonderful person and is so dedicated to her own family history and the history of the families of Lost Creek Settlement,” said Marylee Hagan, executive director of the Vigo County Historical Society.

A “Wine in the Woods” event was held in honor of Dorothy Sunday evening.

Tickets were sold for the event. Proceeds will go towards helping the Historical Society move to downtown Terre Haute into their new history center.

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