This post first appeared at Love in the D, Detroit's home for socially-conscious weddings and happenings around the Motor City. Marsha Battle Cusic and David Philpot were married in February 2012 at Zion Congregational Church of God in Christ. Marsha, aka Marsha Music, is a writer, and her family's story is an important link in the history of the old Hastings Street and Black Bottom in Detroit. Sean and I have come to know Marsha through living in what is now called Lafayette Park. Take a look at the wedding photos below!
Tell me about your love for Detroit
I am a writer, and I write about Detroit in my blog Marsha Music. In 2012, I was awarded with a Kresge Fellowship in the Literary Arts, and I most recently performed my One Woman Show at ArtX 2013 – about Hastings Street, Black Bottom and my father’s role in Detroit’s music history. In my blog, Marsha Music, I call myself a “primordial Detroiter”, for the importance of the history of this city resonates with me.
My husband David is an artist – a master staff-maker; we met when he came to Detroit from Chicago for an exhibition of his work at the N’namdi Center for Contemporary Arts. George N’namdi was his Best Man. Since our marriage, Philpot (as he is known) now resides here in Detroit, and has become a pillar of the arts community.
How did you incorporate Detroit into your wedding?
Our marriage was held at my maternal family’s church, the historic Zion Congregational Church of God in Christ (COGIC), at 2135 Mack Avenue. This church was founded prior to the Great Depression, by the Elder I.W. Winans, patriarch of the singing Winans family. Having the wedding there was a statement honoring this church, which is replete with the history of important elements of Detroit life and culture.