Lucy Seligman Teaches a Cooking Class for Community Recreation and Education Department, October 1994 Photographer: Michael A. Curlett
Ann Arbor News, November 23, 1994
Cooking teacher Lucy Seligman, right, offers tips to student Mayumi Yabuuchi who prepares a Cajun dish called 'dirty rice.'
Lucy Seligman Teaches Knife Skills During a Cajun Cooking Class, October 1994 Photographer: Michael A. Curlett
Victoria Suane Milton was born in 1933 and grew up in River Rouge, Michigan. Her mother was of French creole background from New Orleans. In 1938 her father, Samuel B. Milton, founded one of Michigan’s first Black-owned hospitals, Sidney A. Sumby Memorial Hospital. He was also the first Black Wayne County coroner. After getting her BA in social work from the University of Michigan in the 1950s, Victoria returned to work at Sumby Memorial Hospital in purchasing and housekeeping. She and her husband John Loomis had six children, including a set of triplets. She passed away in 2021.
Victoria Loomis was interviewed in partnership with the Museum of African American History of Detroit and Y Arts Detroit in 2009-2010 as part of the Legacies Project.