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AACHM Oral History: Don Simons

Sun, 11/08/2020 - 1:08pm

Don Simons

Donald L. Simons was born in 1943 and he grew up on Fuller Street in Ann Arbor. He attended Jones School, Ann Arbor High, and Eastern Michigan University. He was a starting football halfback and basketball co-captain in high school, and was recognized as athlete of the month. Mr. Simons recalls segregation and several incidents of discrimination in Ann Arbor. He is proud of his family, his work coaching at the Maxey Boys' Training School and Boysville, and co-hosting the annual neighborhood picnic for 25 years.

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Legacies Project Oral History: Webster Kirksey

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 11:00am

Web Kirksey was born in 1933 in Saginaw, Michigan. His father worked at a Chevrolet factory and his mother ran a beauty shop in their home. He was a star basketball player in high school and was recruited to play for Eastern Michigan University. Kirksey got a master’s degree in special education and taught for the majority of his career at W.J. Maxey Boys’ Training School in Whitmore Lake. In 1978 he was inducted into Eastern Michigan University Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Web Kirksey was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2018 as part of the Legacies Project.

Aerial Photograph of Willard J. Maxey Boys' Training School, September 1963

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Ann Arbor News, September 19, 1963
Landscape Changing: Sprawling new construction at the Willard J. Maxey Boys' Training School is becoming an important new aerial landmark west of Whitmore Lake. In the first construction area at the left of this aerial photograph structural steel is rising for a new school building. Masonry walls are about one-third completed for a 140-boy housing unit going up in the second construction area, background. In the foreground is the school's new reception center and classroom building. Another housing and special treatment unit accommodating 162 boys is located down the road from the reception center. It is not shown in this photograph.

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