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Richard Alexander Blake (1951-)

Richard A. Blake
Richard A. Blake, 1990

Richard Dumas Blake (1922-1989)


Richard D. Blake stands in front of Bethel AME Church
Richard D. Blake, 1979

Jones School

Jones School was an anchor of Ann Arbor’s historically Black neighborhood (what is now Kerrytown) from the early twentieth century until 1965. Many living Ann Arbor residents remember attending Jones School during the Civil Rights Era. In 1964 the Ann Arbor Board of Education acknowledged that, with over 75% Black students, Jones was a “de facto” segregated school. Jones School closed in 1965, and several years later the building reopened as Community High School.

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Legacies Project Oral History: Webster Kirksey

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 11:00am

Web Kirksey was born in 1933 in Saginaw, Michigan. His father worked at a Chevrolet factory and his mother ran a beauty shop in their home. He was a star basketball player in high school and was recruited to play for Eastern Michigan University. Kirksey got a master’s degree in special education and taught for the majority of his career at W.J. Maxey Boys’ Training School in Whitmore Lake. In 1978 he was inducted into Eastern Michigan University Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Web Kirksey was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2018 as part of the Legacies Project.

Aerial Photograph of the Boy Scout Camp at Bruin Lake, May 1956

Aerial Photograph of the Boy Scout Camp at Bruin Lake, May 1956 image
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Ann Arbor News, May 19, 1956
Scouts in Action: Outdoor life was the order of the weekend for some 800 Scouts, leaders and parents of the Portage Trails Council. This aerial shows some of the campers at the council's Bruin Lake camp. The occasion was the spring camporee. It includes tree-planting, hiking and Sunday religious services. The camporee was highlights Saturday night with a huge all-camp bonfire. The program is a practice session prior to the regular summer program to start next month.