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AACHM Oral History: Mike Bass

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 3:45pm

Mike BassMichael Thomas Bass was born in 1945 to Thomas and Louise Bass. His parents–a doctor and a teacher–were influential members of Ypsilanti’s Black community. Bass excelled in football, basketball, and track. He was senior class president of Ypsilanti High School in 1963. He received a BA in Education from the University of Michigan. Bass is best known for playing in the National Football League for the Washington Commanders (formerly Redskins) from 1969 to 1975. After retiring from the NFL, Bass ran a resort in the Bahamas. He and his wife Rosita now reside in Florida and they have two daughters, Kimberly and Louise.

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AACHM Oral History: Leah Bass-Baylis

Tue, 08/02/2022 - 10:04am

Leah BassLeah Bass-Baylis was born in 1954 in Ypsilanti. Her parents Thomas and Louise Bass–a doctor and teacher–were influential members of Ypsilanti’s Black community. She studied dance at Ypsilanti’s Randazzo Dance Theater and graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta in 1976. She also holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change from the University of Southern California. Bass-Baylis was a dancer and choreographer for many Broadway shows, including performing in The Tap Dance Kid. In her later career as an administrator, she developed arts education programs in Los Angeles. She and her husband Doug Baylis have four children.

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AACHM Oral History: George Goodman

Tue, 07/12/2022 - 1:14pm

George GoodmanGeorge D. Goodman was born in 1940 and grew up in Ypsilanti. His father George worked at the Ford River Rouge plant and his mother Thelma owned and operated Goodman’s Fashion Center on Harriet Street. After graduating from Roosevelt School and Eastern Michigan University, he served as a U.S. Army officer in Germany for 5 years. Goodman is best known for being the mayor of Ypsilanti from 1972 to 1982. He was also director of the University of Michigan Opportunity Program and the Michigan Municipal League. He and his wife Judith have been married for sixty years, and they have two sons.

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Construction of Amos Washington Subdivision in Ypsilanti, June 1954

Construction of Amos Washington Subdivision in Ypsilanti, June 1954 image
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Ann Arbor News, June 25, 1954
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Work on the new Amos Washington subdivision in Ypsilanti is progressing rapidly, with the first families expected to move into some of the three-bedroom homes before August 1. About 15 of the 22 houses planned are already built (left and center). The new homes, designed for purchase by Negro families with FHA or GI financing, are laid out along a new street--Burton Ct.--running north from Harriet St. and just opposite Harriet Elementary School.

New Homes in Ypsilanti's South Side, August 1953

New Homes in Ypsilanti's South Side, August 1953 image
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Ann Arbor News, August 22, 1953
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OASIS IN A DESERT: In the heart of Ypsilanti's south side slum area are new homes such as this on Jefferson Ave. Private capital and contractors are responsible for these improvements.

Substandard Housing in Ypsilanti's South Side, August 1953

Substandard Housing in Ypsilanti's South Side, August 1953 image
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Ann Arbor News, August 22, 1953
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BLIGHT OF A COUNTY: Slum dwellings such as this on Ypsilanti's south side are havens for disease and potential fire. The area is pocked with burned out ruins of houses of this type.

Installation of Water and Sewer Mains for Amos Washington Subdivision, March 1954

Installation of Water and Sewer Mains for Amos Washington Subdivision, March 1954 image
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Ann Arbor News, March 17, 1954
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Service Installations Under Way: Installation of city water and sewer mains is well under way in the area south of Ainsworth Circle and north of Harriet St. in Ypsilanti. The Prospect Construction Co. of Detroit plans to erect 22 homes on a new street in a subdivision named in honor of Amos Washington, city housing director. The plan has been approved by the Ypsilanti City Council.