Black Heroes of Detroit’s Eastside, 1900-1990: Presentation, Workshop & Panel Discussion

April 7 2024 | 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Join us for an enriching afternoon discussing the Black Heroes of Detroit’s Eastside, 1900-1990: Where they lived, worked, played, and prayed.

This program will explore efforts since 1971 to identify the eastside people and places associated with Black civil rights and the struggle for equality.

Recently identified and endangered homes such as those of Gladys Mitchell Sweet, Robert X, Sarah  E. Ray, and J Dilla will be highlighted as we seek the community’s help in identifying additional places, priorities, and resources to honor the legacy of these and other heroes as an inspiration to future generations.

The afternoon will include a presentation, a panel discussion and Q&A, a short break, and a work session. 

Led by Prof. Dan Bonenberger, EMU Preservation Studies Program

Speakers include:  

  • Rebecca Binno Savage, Historic Designation Advisory Board
  • Katie Kolokithas, MI State Historic Presentation Office
  • Dr. Howard Lindsey, Black Historic Sites Committee
  • Ruth Mills, Quinn Evans Architects 
  • Andrew Oswald, Michigan History Center
  • Sharon Sexton, Black Historic Sites Committee 
  • EMU student researchers 

This event is free with museum admission.

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