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.
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
Ann Arbor News, February 20, 1943
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).
Original 1955 letter from President Harry S. Truman to former Governor G. Mennen Williams, photographed, January 1973
Ann Arbor News, January 14, 1974
A Letter To G. Mennen Williams
Ann Arbor News, October 13, 1958
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.