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Johnnie Mae Seeley's annual barbecue, September 2, 1996

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Ann Arbor News, September 3, 1996
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At left, Johnnie Mae Seeley (center) chats with Bonnie Rattner at the barbecue Seeley and her husband Howard have held each Labor Day for some 30 years. Below, the Seeleys serve up classic barbecue fare, featuring ribs and potato salad.

Howard and Johnnie Mae Seeley's classic barbecue fare, September 2, 1996

Howard and Johnnie Mae Seeley's classic barbecue fare, September 2, 1996 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, September 3, 1996
Caption
At left, Johnnie Mae Seeley (center) chats with Bonnie Rattner at the barbecue Seeley and her husband Howard have held each Labor Day for some 30 years. Below, the Seeleys serve up classic barbecue fare, featuring ribs and potato salad.
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AACHM Oral History: Audrey Lucas

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:22pm

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Audrey Lucas was born in 1934 and raised in Ann Arbor where she fondly recalls her school days Jones School. She talks about activities at the Dunbar Center where she had the pleasure of singing at various city events, and some of Ann Arbor's black neighborhoods and businesses. Ms. Lucas worked for the University of Michigan Health System for 47 years, the last 35 before her retirement as a human resources consultant.

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AACHM Oral History: Fred Adams

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

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Fred Adams was born in 1934 and grew up in Ann Arbor. He recalls summers playing in the Huron River, youth activities with the Dunbar Center and Jones School, his work as a paperboy, and some of the black neighborhoods and businesses in the Ann St. area. Mr. Adams worked for Johnson Controls for 41 years and owned his own business as an Industrial Manager.

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AACHM Oral History: James Anderson, Jr.

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 12:59pm

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James Anderson, Jr., was born on October 23, 1937 and lived on Miner Street where he attended Mack School. James built a career in real estate and recalls the few blocks in the Mack school area where African Americans could live at that time, and how housing has changed over the years, from segregation through today. He remembers the bond drives during WWII and some of the businesses in town. James also worked on behalf of the JCs to establish Washtenaw Community College and was a trustee for 19 years.

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AACHM Oral History: Shirley Beckley

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 12:57pm

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Shirley Beckley was born on July 30, 1942. She was raised by her mother on Wall St. and attended Jones School, Mack School, and Bach Schools in Ann Arbor. Shirley started as a housing manager for the Ann Arbor Housing Commission, later becoming housing director in Lansing and Muskegon. She reminisces about working at Jacobson’s, dances at the Dunbar Center, businesses on Fourth Avenue and Ann Streets, and tense racial incidents in the schools. Shirley continues to be deeply involved in social justice issues at the local level.