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Legacies Project Oral History: Victoria Loomis

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 9:23am

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 by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2009-2010 as part of the Legacies Project.

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AACHM Oral History: Walter Blackwell

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 3:33pm

Walter Blackwell was born in 1930 in Petersburg, Virginia. He shares memories of growing up there as well as in Mount Vernon, New York before serving in the army during the Korean War. He worked for 30 years at the Ann Arbor VA hospital, where he enjoyed helping fellow veterans. After experiencing discrimination in housing and employment, Mr. Blackwell fought for civil rights in Ann Arbor as a member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and mentored black children in his neighborhood.

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Legacies Project Oral History: Former U.S. Congressman John Dingell

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:57am

John Dingell Jr. (D) served in the U.S. House of Representatives as part of the Michigan delegation from 1955-2015. His 60 years in office make him the longest serving member in the history of the House. A long-time member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, including 16 years as Chairman, Dingell was an advocate for environmental issues and a supporter of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency.  Dingell was also the longest serving Dean of the House of Representatives. He passed away on February 7, 2019.               

John Dingell was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2015-2016 as part of the Legacies Project.

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The War Production Investigating Committee visits Willow Run Bomber Plant (l to r), Hugh Fulton, Harley M. Kilgore, Harry S. Truman, George Meader, and Mon C. Wallgren, February 1943

The War Production Investigating Committee visits Willow Run Bomber Plant (l to r), Hugh Fulton, Harley M. Kilgore, Harry S. Truman, George Meader, and Mon C. Wallgren, February 1943 image
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Ann Arbor News, February 20, 1943
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Members of the Senate war production investigating committee left Ann Arbor by train yesterday afternoon after an inspection of the Ford Willow Run bomber plant. They were brought here from the plant by George Meader. Shown at the Michigan Central station are (left to right) Hugh Fulton, former Ann Arbor resident who is the committee's council; Senator Harley M. Kilgore (D), West Virginia; Senator Harry S. Truman (D), Missouri, the committee chairman; Prosecutor Meader; and Senator Mon C. Wallgren (D), Washington, chairman of the aviation subcommittee. (Story on page 3).

Harry Truman Is Greeted by Governor G. Mennon Williams & Others At Willow Run Airport, October 1958

Harry Truman Is Greeted by Governor G. Mennon Williams & Others At Willow Run Airport, October 1958 image
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Ann Arbor News, October 13, 1958
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Former President Harry Truman arrived at Willow Run Airport yesterday to make a visit to Detroit. State Democratic leaders were there to greet him including Gov. Williams. Neil Staebler, state Democratic chairman, is in the background. Truman stayed only a few hours in Detroit.