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Dunbar center teen dance, 1940

Dunbar center teen dance, 1940 image

Dunbar center was named for black poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Its constitution promoted "civic and cultural and recreational interest and activities" and directed "character building and community betterment programs among the colored citizens of Ann Arbor and its suburbs." It provided a drop-in center for kids, like those shown with assistant director Virginia Ellis around 1940. Social and educational programs included teas and dances, and classes in reading, cooking, music, and arts and crafts.

In the late 1950s Dunbar's bylaws were amended to include all citizens and the name was changed to the Ann Arbor Community Center. It moved to a new building on North Main Street in 1960.

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