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AACHM Oral History: Sharon Gillespie

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 10:53am

Sharon Gillespie

Sharon Gillespie was born in 1945 and raised by her grandmother in Oklahoma before moving to Ann Arbor with her mother at age nine. She remembers redlining in Ann Arbor and the breakup of the historically Black neighborhood she grew up in. She helped raise two younger sisters while her mother attended ophthalmology school at the University of Michigan. Gillespie excelled in her career as a typesetter at local businesses. After retiring, she has been active in volunteering at homeless shelters and hospice programs. She was married to Raymond Gillespie for 21 years. 

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Students Thrilled By New Campus Apartments

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Parent Issue
Day
17
Month
September
Year
1946
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John Kennedy Carries Suitcases Into His New University Terrace Apartment, September 1946

John Kennedy Carries Suitcases Into His New University Terrace Apartment, September 1946 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, September 17, 1946
Caption
LAST ARMLOAD: John D. Kennedy, an Army veteran in the University's department of mechanical engineering, carries the last of his suitcases into his University Terrace apartment where he and his wife, Sally, were among the early arrivals.

Sally & John Kennedy Unpack Textbooks In Their New University Terrace Apartment, September 1946

Sally & John Kennedy Unpack Textbooks In Their New University Terrace Apartment, September 1946 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, September 17, 1946
Caption
A PLACE FOR TEXTBOOKS TOO: Pictured above is the large built-in book case to accommodate the veteran student's books in the University Terrace apartments. John Kennedy hands a textbook on mechanical engineering to his wife, who finds the abundant closet and shelf space one of the major attractions of the apartment.

John & Sally Kennedy Unpack Dishes In Their New University Terrace Apartment, September 1946

John & Sally Kennedy Unpack Dishes In Their New University Terrace Apartment, September 1946 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, September 17, 1946
Caption
MODERN KITCHEN FOR THE WIFE: Kitchen cupboards, sink, stove, and refrigerator, are conveniently arranged to save steps and time on the part of veterans' wives at University Terrace apartments. Sally Kennedy, above, is unpacking her dishes with the aid of her husband, John.