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Office Building in Area Being Considered for Urban Renewal, September 1958

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Ann Arbor News, September 13, 1958
LAUNDRY NOW OFFICE UNIT: This remodeled building at Catherine St. and N. Fourth Ave. was remodeled from a laundry into a multiple office structure by Carroll A. Benz of Ann Arbor. The exterior was refinished, giving it a neat appearance within a 75-acre north-central sector of Ann Arbor being considered for rehabilitation under an urban renewal program being studied by the City Council. It is receiving recommendations from a Plan Standards Committee.
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AACHM Oral History: Lois Allen-Richardson

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 11:00am

Lois Allen-Richardson

Lois Allen-Richardson was born in 1942 in Ypsilanti, where she remembers attending Harriet Street School and spending time at Parkridge Center. As a young adult, she worked briefly at Goodman’s Fashion Center in the heart of Ypsilanti’s Black business district. Allen-Richardson is an ordained minister and served as a missionary in Haiti and Trinidad. Since 2000 she has been a member of the Ypsilanti City Council, where she has been a strong advocate for the city’s south side. In June 2020, she became Ypsilanti’s first Black woman mayor after the resignation of her predecessor.

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Grayce (Johnson) Blake (1930-1971)

Grayce Evelyn Blake was born on New Year's Eve, December 31, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan to Rev. David A. Blake Sr. and Grace Rogers Blake. She attended Jones School and Ann Arbor High School, where her 1948 senior yearbook noted her nickname as simply "Blake". Grayce Blake was an active member of the Bethel AME Church choir, following in the footsteps of her mother, as well as several high school singing groups. Following graduation, she left for Washington D.C. and became a student at Howard University.

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