Alice Brennan-Key was born in Ann Arbor in 1953. Her parents met in Florida after her father immigrated from the Bahamas, and they moved to Ann Arbor in the 1940s. Brennan-Key grew up on Gott Street, next door to her current residence. She has seen the neighborhood change over the years due to gentrification. She went to Michigan State University as an undergraduate and received her master’s in social work from the University of Michigan. She spent most of her career working with developmentally disabled and mentally ill residents of Washtenaw County. She raised her daughter Khyla in Ann Arbor.
Sandra Harris was born in 1952 in West Virginia, where her father was a coal miner. Her family moved to Ann Arbor when she was in second grade. Harris remembers being on the homecoming court at Pioneer High School and participating in student-led marches during the late 1960s. She received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Eastern Michigan University. She was a school administrator in the Ann Arbor Public Schools as well as other districts. In addition to her service as an educator, she was also a longtime caretaker for her nephew and her mother.
Ann Arbor News, July 3, 1958
OLDEST KNKOWN STRUCTURE: The old county jail at 627 N. Main St., was erected in 1837, the year the University was established in Ann Arbor. Originally a natural red-brick color, the building has been whitewashed many times over by intervening lessees. It has seen service as a gasoline station, junk shop, apartment house, warehouse and church, among other things. Now it's scheduled for razing and has been picked as the site for the new Dunbar Community Center. Removal is slated within 90 days.
Ann Arbor News, January 19, 1972
Model Shows Playground Plans: This model showing how the expanded Summit St. Playground is proposed to look after Lansky's junk yard is relocated is currently on display at the Ann Arbor Community Center. A public presentation of the plans for the park will be held at tomorrow's Model Cities Policy Board meeting and at Monday's City Council meeting. The playground is presently .75-of-an-acre in size and will be expanded to a total of two acres. The model shows a sports activities area at bottom, a basketball court, and a handball court at upper left. The area to the right of the handball court will be for picnicking and other less active recreation. In the center is a fountain, while at lower right is a shelter adjacent to a playfield for small children.