In East Texas, an illegal 60-year lockout of
African-Americans from their family burial grounds challenges descendants still.
We are making a film about it. Here is a taste of the documentary film in progress that addresses the struggle going on to gain access to Love Cemetery.
Why is this important?
We are haunted by the contradictions of our past.
Echoes of slave-holding culture that once thrived in the U.S. and Texas continue in this 21st century story of elders and young people - black and white - joining together to reclaim this historic cemetery named Love.
Events need storytellers. The Civil Rights movement succeeded, in part, because the importance of its story was recognized and told in print, photographs, and film, shocking people and catalyzing action once it was known.
Resurrecting Love is a story transforming racial conflict from the rich soil of a 175 year old African-American cemetery that includes people who were enslaved into a community and educational opportunity spanning generations and diverse faiths.
Stories can touch the heart. Getting this story into the world can provide a model for a national audience.
It's an Ongoing Struggle
It’s time we reckon with our history, wrestle it to the ground, like Jacob wrestling with the Angel in the Old Testament.
We need to take hold of our contradictory history and refuse to let go until we are given a new understanding of ourselves, one that can be a basis for our future as a country.
Wiley College & East Texas Baptist University students at a Clean-up Event at Love Cemetery.
Support The Film
We are still in production and are looking for angels to help take us to the finish line!
Please make a tax-deductible donation today
Special Thanks to
Frances Verhalen and Don Smith
Wyna J. Baron
Donald O. and Ronald R. Collins
Kathy Barry & Bob Burnett
China Galand with Love Cemetery family descendant Shundrika Love and Archie Rison.
Perspectives on the Film:
"How do we talk about race and honor our history of slavery? Visiting Love Cemetery may be difficult due to the extremely limited access provided by the surrounding landowners, but with your support, we can produce the film, Resurrecting Love, for a national if not international audience. It is vital kindling, lighting the conversations around which we can gather together and engage in healing." [read more]
Danielle Drake Burnette,
"What’s so exciting about this documentary is that it centers on an obvious and easily understood human dilemma: how we honor the dead. The padlocked gate on the mile and a half long, dirt road to Love Cemetery makes the conflict over access simple and real. We see two women, one black, and one white, take up the struggle of the small aging community ..."[read more]
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What's New with the Film?
Resurrecting Love will be a feature length documentary film, available for festivals, theatrical and streaming distribution and educational applications by the summer of 2023. We are right now engaging in fundraising efforts to reach that goal.
Creator of the book that launched this film, China Galland, continues to connect with HBCUs around the country in an effort to keep the story and struggle alive. But it appears that the heart is beating on its own these days.
Now is the time for Resurrecting Love. The issues central in the film are being discussed worldwide.
Here are a few words from our newest team member, Aldo Billingslea, a Professor of Theater Arts at Santa Clara University and a Consulting Producer on the film's finish.
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