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Legacies Project Oral History: Mary Martin

Mary Dyson Martin was born in 1914 in Dallas, Texas. Her grandmother had been enslaved in Tennessee, and she grew up conscious of that legacy. Martin graduated from Fisk University and got her masters in library science at the University of Illinois. She taught swimming lessons for the YWCA Girl Reserves during the summers. She was a high school librarian in Gary, Indiana and Detroit, Michigan for over thirty years. Her husband was a doctor and a World War II veteran. They were married for 47 years and had two children.

Mary Martin was interviewed in partnership with the Museum of African American History of Detroit and Y Arts Detroit in 2010 as part of the Legacies Project.

Young People Painting Evangelical United Brethren Church, January 1956 Photographer: Eck Stanger

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Ann Arbor News, January 28, 1956
Church Young People Help Out: Young people of the Evangelical United Brethren Church wielded a helping paintbrush this week as the new church at Miller Ave. and Newport Rd. neared final stages of completion. Pictured from the left (below) are Arden Rogers, Virginia Cate, Lynn Rogers and Mary Martin. David Biebighauser is on the ladder. Church members hope to be in the $157,000 modern-design structure by March.