Roberts Settlement"s annual reunion continues a family tradition Thirty miles north of Indianapolis in a rural corner of Hamilton County, a farmer bounces gently down the road behind the wheel of a rusty John Deere tractor, passing between an old gray farmhouse and a glistening white country church. His neck is brown from the sun but his face is pale white thanks to the Pioneer hat pulled tightly on his head. In the surrounding fields, the corn is indeed "knee high by the Fourth of July." He steers gingerly between cars parked bumper to bumper on the shoulder of either side of the road. The license plates read Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, Missouri, Michigan, Maryland, California. As he passes, the farmer curiously eyes the nearly 200 African-Americans on the church lawn, socializing and eating picnic lunches, sitting on lawn chairs or on blankets spread on the grass.

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