Ann Arbor News, January 3, 1978
Caption: Your Choice- It's a little harder to fight city hall in Ypsilanti than it is in most other Michigan cities. For one thing, you have to choose which city hall to fight. There are two of them, both with signs. City Manager Stephen Shutt (right) promises to have that number reduced by one very shortly. City offices are to move from the old city hall (below), to the new one at One S. Huron [this photo] this spring. (Staff photos by Larry E. Wright)
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Johnny W. Barfield was born February 8, 1927, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. As a child he sold soap house to house and, after tenth grade, joined the U.S. Army where he served in France and Germany. After leaving the Army in 1947, Mr. Barfield became a wall washer for the University of Michigan, where hard work, entrepreneurship, and innovation helped him build the largest cleaning business in Ann Arbor. Mr. Barfield is widely recognized for his philanthropic work and support of the African American and business communities.