Community Gallery

The Detroit Historical Museum’s Community Gallery is a changing exhibition space made available to local historical societies, museums, non-profit organizations and educational institutions. Selected for their contributions to the metro Detroit community, the organizations featured here share their stories and provide new perspectives on the issues, ideas and individuals that have shaped our region’s rich history. 

Developed and produced solely by our featured organizations, the words, images and ideas represented in the exhibition do not reflect the ideas, views or opinions of the Detroit Historical Society.

Opening January 23, 2016 in the Community Gallery!

America's Broadcasting Pioneer: WGPR-TV 62

Explore the headline-making history of WGPR-TV 62 in this exhibit, set to open on January 23, 2016! When Channel 62 went on the air in Detroit on September 20, 1975, it became the first African American-owned and operated television station in the United States.

Artifacts, videos, pictures and graphic images will showcase the people and history of both TV 62 and 107.5 FM, the radio station that operated concurrently at the studios of 3146 East Jefferson. Visitors will be see displays featuring “The Scene”—a popular dance show hosted by Nat Morris—and discover the influence that legendary DJ the Electrifying Mojo had with recording artists from Prince to George Clinton.

America’s Broadcasting Pioneer: WGPR-TV 62 centers around several key themes: The Founding Pioneers, Original Programming, Career Springboard, National Success Stories and a Historical Timeline. It will also explore how Dr. William V. Banks, a prominent Detroit businessman, lawyer and ordained minister, made his broadcasting dreams real by founding both 107.5 FM and TV 62. 

Supported  by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.