Community Gallery: Southwest Detroit: More than a Place

The Robert and Mary Ann Bury 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. Organizations are featured in order to share their stories and provide new perspectives on the issues, ideas and individuals that have shaped our region’s rich history.

It was officially renamed as a tribute to retiring long-time Executive Director Bob Bury on June 28, 2018 and will be dedicated in a ceremony on November 1, 2018.


NOW OPEN through January 5, 2020 in the Robert and Mary Ann Bury Community Gallery

Southwest Detroit: More Than a Place

While many people think of Southwest Detroit as a predominantly Mexican community, the historic neighborhood is actually one of the city’s most diverse. It includes Spanish-speakers from Texas, Spain and every single country of Central and South America and the Caribbean, but it has also been home to residents with roots in Portugal, Brazil, Malta, Cuba, Armenia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Italy, the Philippines, Laos, Lebanon, Yemen, Hungary, Russia, the Ojibwa/Anishnaabe nation and the American South and Appalachia. 

Presented in partnership with the Southwest Detroit Business Association, Southwest Detroit: More Than a Place covers Southwest’s distinct districts, including Delray and Mexicantown, its faith, education, labor and entertainment traditions and the “grit” of its residents and business community. Visitors will learn about historical and current developments in the neighborhood, its challenges and successes and the many contributions of its immigrants. Personal oral histories give museum visitors insight into life in Southwest, its arts and culture, businesses, faith groups and nonprofits.

A special thank you to the following individuals, businesses and organizations who helped to support this exhibition: The Ideal Group, Linzie Venegas, Southwest Detroit Business Association, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, College of Arts and Sciences at Oakland University, History Department at Oakland University, Xochi's Gift Shop, Raices Mexicanas de Detroit.