The Hustle: Detroit's Unsung Entrepreneurs

NOW OPEN in Wrigley Hall

In 2022, the Detroit Historical Society selected 34 honorees from nearly 800 crowd-sourced nominations and began a series of exhibits, events, public programs, and educational offerings in The Hustle, a program designed to celebrate and honor Detroit's Black entrepreneurs, told in their own words.

In addition to the stories, images, and artifacts shown in the four rotating exhibits that graced the Allesee Gallery of Culture throughout the past year, this colorful, comprehensive exhibition includes large-format portraits of the honorees and additional artifacts to highlight the stories of these entrepreneurs and Detroit’s contemporary small business community. See original artwork by Sherrie Savage of Naturally ILLustrated, turntables from DJ Invisible, and a collection of suits worn by Detroit mayors loaned by Alison Vaughn of Jackets for Jobs, among other unique items. 

Hustle Honorees:

Honoree portraits by Jenny Risher, Valaurian Waller, and Bre'Ann White.


The Hustle is sponsored by Gilbert Family Foundation, Toyota Motor North America, AAA-The Auto Club Group, Bank of AmericaPNC BankJPMorgan Chase, and Dykema.

Media sponsors: Michigan Chronicle and The LEE Group.