Memorial Ceremony for Ernest C. Browne, Jr.

November 11 2015 | 11:30am

On Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, the Black Historic Sites Committee will honor its founder, Ernest C. Browne, Jr. with a wreath laying ceremony at his grave site at 11:30 a.m. in Elmwood Ceremony. Afterward, attendees are invited to join the committee at the Detroit Historical Museum for a reception. 

Browne, a World War II pilot that trained at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, was a civic leader in Detroit. In addition to serving on Detroit’s City Council from 1970 to 1977, he served as President of the Michigan Municipal League, as a Regional Director of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, and as a Trustee of Starr Commonwealth for Boys.

In 1971, Browne founded the Black Historic Sites Committee to promote greater understanding and appreciation of the contributions of African Americans to the historical development of Metro Detroit. The following year, Browne, along with five other distinguished veterans, founded the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum to honor the contributions of blacks in World War II.

Ernest C. Browne, Jr. died in 2010. For more information on this event or the Black Historic Sites Committee, please visit