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Ann Street Black Business District

For most of the twentieth century, the 100 block of East Ann Street was a hub for Black-owned businesses in downtown Ann Arbor. A rotating set of barber shops, shoe shine parlors, dry cleaners, restaurants, blues bars, and pool rooms formed the backbone of Black social life, especially for men. The district stretched around the corner onto North Fourth Avenue where the Colored Welfare League housed Black-owned businesses and community organizations such as the early Dunbar Center.

Ann Street Project Being Proposed

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Parent Issue
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21
Month
November
Year
1975
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For The Record

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30
Month
June
Year
1977
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Black men eligible for free hair cuts

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19
Month
June
Year
1998
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AACHM Oral History: Johnnie Rush

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:03pm

Please take a moment to take our Living Oral History Survey and let us know what you learned.

Johnnie Rush was born in 1931 and was the only black person in his class at Ann Arbor High School. He recalls many fond memories of activities with the Second Baptist Church and his family, and he talks about the many challenges for African American businesses as Ann Arbor changed over the years. Mr. Rush is a licensed barber and has run his own barbershop for 55 years.

Blacks Feel Wounded By Suspicion

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Parent Issue
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25
Month
January
Year
1995
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Cutting Remarks

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3
Month
May
Year
1998
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