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Ann Street Black Business District

For most of the twentieth century, the 100 block of East Ann Street was a hub for Black-owned businesses in downtown Ann Arbor. A rotating set of barber shops, shoe shine parlors, dry cleaners, restaurants, blues bars, and pool rooms formed the backbone of Black social life, especially for men. The district stretched around the corner onto North Fourth Avenue where the Colored Welfare League housed Black-owned businesses and community organizations such as the early Dunbar Center.

Drops In After 34 Years

Drops In After 34 Years image
Parent Issue
Day
9
Month
October
Year
1962
Copyright
Copyright Protected

Shoe Repair Shop's Proprietor Dies

Shoe Repair Shop's Proprietor Dies image
Parent Issue
Day
1
Month
October
Year
1970
Copyright
Copyright Protected

100 Block of E. Ann St., March 1954

100 Block of E. Ann St., March 1954 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, November 30, 1953
Caption
WHAT CITY HALL WOULD REPLACE: This is the business block the proposed new city hall would replace if it is erected in the 100 block of E. Ann St. The welter of small stores and apartments on the second and third floors has been labeled a fire hazard by those seeking passage of the city hall proposals on April 5. Out of sight at the right is the new Courthouse, now under construction. Mayor William E. Brown, jr., is leading the move to build a city hall on this site.