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Celebrating African-American History In Ann Arbor

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 12:36pm by oldnews

Dating back to the Underground Railroad, Ann Arbor boasts a rich and vibrant history for African-Americans. A wonderful piece about this time in Ann Arbor’s history is written by Grace Shackman and can be found here.

There are many African-Americans that created their own piece of history in Ann Arbor. For instance, you can read about Ann Arbor’s first African-American mayor, Albert H. Wheeler, first African-American teacher and later principal at Northside Elementary, Harry Mial and his wife, Joetta Mial, Huron High School's first female African-American principal.

O.Herbert Ellis, who passed away last year is notable for being the first African-American to serve on and to chair the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. You can read more history and the individuals that created it here.


Lotsa controversy. Wasn't expecting that, clicking around. clicking around about Ellis, I mean

I have been trying to find information on the first African American to play in an Ann Arbor Golf Tournament. I think it was my father, Lloyd L. Quicksey, Sr. I have tried to find evidence. It might have been covered in the Washtenaw Post Tribune and the Ann Arbor News. This probably happened in the late 1940's to mid 1950's, Did the Ann Arbor News sponsor a golf tournament?
Thank you.

This site has been so informative. Can copies of the articles be ordered? I am very happy and excited!

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