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There Went The Neighborhood: The Closing of Jones School

As part of Ann Arbor 200, the Ann Arbor District Library and 7 Cylinders Studio (7CS) have produced a documentary film about the closing of Ann Arbor's Jones School. In 1965, the Board of Education closed the majority-Black school. Ann Arbor joined a nationwide trend of school desegregation during the Civil Rights Era. But for these young students, the loss of a neighborhood school foreshadowed changes to their close-knit community. Gentrification came to Ann Arbor on the heels of desegregation.

In the making of this film, 7CS filmmakers and AADL archivists interviewed over thirty former Jones students and Black community leaders. They shared memories of Jones School and "The Old Neighborhood"—the areas now known as Kerrytown and Water Hill. A filmed walking tour, studio interviews, and historical photos form the core of the film. Run time is approximately 40 minutes.

The AADL Archives has many additional materials to explore relating to these topics, including a history of Jones School and dozens of Ann Arbor News articles that appear in the film:

Longtime Ann Street Businesses Close, June 1977 Photographer: Robert Chase

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Published In:
Ann Arbor News, June 29, 1977
Renovation Could Reopen These Closed E. Ann St. Buildings

Aerial Photograph of the Proposed Urban Renewal Area in North Central Ann Arbor, March 1956

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Published In:
Ann Arbor News, March 22, 1956
Pictured in the News aerial photograph is the 75-acre area on Ann Arbor's north side which the city is considering as the site for a major redevelopment project. The solid white lines enclose the 48-acre tract originally proposed for redevelopment. The broke white lines enclose additional tracts added to the project by City Council action Monday. The extreme western portion of the area (left side of picture) is not shown. Major boundaries of the total 75-acre piece includes E. Ann St., N. Fourth Ave., Catherine St., N. Division St., Beakes St., Depot St., the Ann Arbor Railroad line, Felch St., N. Ashley St., Miller Ave. and N. Main St. Prominent in the foreground of the photo is the new Courthouse. First step in the proposed redevelopment program will be the city's application for a $38,000 federal planning loan. With the money it will be determined which structures with the area need to be demolished, which ones moved, what changes may be required in street routes and what other changes are necessary to redevelop the area. Total cost of the project has been estimated at more than $3,500,000.

Clint's Club

Clint’s Club at 111 E. Ann Street in Ann Arbor was one of those long narrow buildings that reach way back from the street. As you came into the club, the bar ran along the left side, while on the right was a row of picnic-sized tables at right angles to the door.

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AACHM Oral History: Patricia Manley

Pat ManleyPatricia Ashford Manley was born in 1945 in Ann Arbor, and she was raised by her mother. She remembers attending Jones Elementary School and trying out for cheerleading at Ann Arbor High School. Manley graduated from Western Michigan University in 1970 and later earned her master’s in counseling from Eastern Michigan University. She worked as a teacher, cheerleading coach, and guidance counselor at Huron High School for thirty-one years, and was principal of Thurston Elementary School for ten years. She and her husband Lamont Manley enjoy traveling and going to concerts together. They have been married for 43 years.

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D. J. Malloy Harness Shop on East Ann Street, July 1958 Photographer: Duane Scheel

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Ann Arbor News, July 3, 1958
STILL IN BUSINESS: The D. J. Malloy harness shop was first established at 123 E. Ann St. in the year 1891. The store, last reminder of the city's horse and buggy days, still bears its original shingle - "D. J. Malloy Harness" - suspended over the doorway.