Grayce Evelyn Blake was born on New Year's Eve, December 31, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan to Rev. David A. Blake Sr. and Grace Rogers Blake. She attended Jones School and Ann Arbor High School, where her 1948 senior yearbook noted her nickname as simply "Blake". Grayce Blake was an active member of the Bethel AME Church choir, following in the footsteps of her mother, as well as several high school singing groups. Following graduation, she left for Washington D.C. and became a student at Howard University.
Ann Arbor News, November 24, 1975
Cynthia White (Left) Of Bethel AME Senior Choir
Ann Arbor News, November 12, 1988
CONCERT PLANNED - The Voices of Bethel choir at Bethel A.M.E. Church will present its 10th annual fall concert Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. This year's concert is dedicated to choir member Glenn Hallums, who is in the hospital. The Voices of Bethel, directed by Francetta Ampey, will feature spiritual, Gospel and contemporary songs. Rev. John A. Woods is pastor. The church is located at 900 Plum St. in Ann Arbor. The concert is free and the public is invited.
Sun, 07/21/2019 - 3:33pm
Audrey Monagan was born in Ann Arbor in 1941, and grew up in a close-knit, predominantly black neighborhood on North Fifth Ave. She remembers attending Bethel AME Church with her grandparents, spending time at the Dunbar Community Center, and helping raise her younger siblings. She attended Jones School and Pioneer High School before working for General Motors, where she was an inspector for eighteen years. Mrs. Monagan has been married to her second husband, Philip, for 48 years.