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AACHM Oral History: Nelson Freeman

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 1:29pm

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Nelson Freeman was born in 1939 and grew up in Ypsilanti. He remembers being one of the few black children at his elementary school and the transition to high school with white friends. He also recalls how his father made sure local African American children had a night of their own at the local rollerskating rink, where he became one of the best skaters, and other social and business activities in town. Mr. Freeman spent time in the Navy and had a long career as a dental technician.

Sea Scout Ship "Trade Wind" On Portage Lake, April 1938

Sea Scout Ship "Trade Wind" On Portage Lake, April 1938 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 21, 1938
Caption
BEFORE THE FRESH WINDS: The Sea Scout Ship "Trade Wind" made its first trial run of the season yesterday at Portage lake with Bos'n's Mate Ronell White, Ordinary Seaman Fred Cowan and Skipper K. C. Marantette putting her through her paces. The "Trade Wind" is a Grand Banks dory purchased at a Boston fish pier. This boat is similar to the one used in the picture "Captains Courageous."