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AACHM Oral History: Patricia Horne McGee

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 11:03am

Patricia Horne McGeePatricia Horne McGee was born in 1946 in Ypsilanti, where she attended Perry Elementary and Ypsilanti High School. She recalls the mutual support and accomplishments of many childhood friends and neighbors, and reflects on rising tensions between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Horne McGee has two master's degrees from the University of Michigan and UCLA. She taught child development and social work for fifteen years at Ferris State College and Mercy College. After leaving academia, she worked for the Wayne County Intermediate School District and she was director of Head Start for Washtenaw County.

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AACHM Oral History: Laurita Thomas

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 11:02am

Laurita Thomas

Laurita Thomas was born in 1950, and her family lived in southwest Detroit and Ontario, California. She attended the University of Michigan and pursued two master’s degrees from Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University. Throughout her career, Thomas has pushed for better career opportunities for women and women of color. She worked at U-M for 47 years, eventually serving as Vice President for Human Resources. A survivor of domestic violence, she regularly shares her story and was president of the board of Safe House Center in Ann Arbor.

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AACHM Oral History: Lois Allen-Richardson

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 11:00am

Lois Allen-Richardson

Lois Allen-Richardson was born in 1942 in Ypsilanti, where she remembers attending Harriet Street School and spending time at Parkridge Center. As a young adult, she worked briefly at Goodman’s Fashion Center in the heart of Ypsilanti’s Black business district. Allen-Richardson is an ordained minister and served as a missionary in Haiti and Trinidad. Since 2000 she has been a member of the Ypsilanti City Council, where she has been a strong advocate for the city’s south side. In June 2020, she became Ypsilanti’s first Black woman mayor after the resignation of her predecessor.

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15 Honored At Founder's Day Event

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Aaron Barfield Gives High School Students A Tour Of Barfield Manufacturing, July 23, 1981 Photographer: Jane Hale

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Ann Arbor News, July 23, 1981
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Field trip- High school students from Detroit visited the Barfield Manufacturing Co. in Ypsilanti Wednesday for a tour of the auto parts manufacturing firm. Acting as a guide is Aaron Barfield, far right, who shows the students one of the firm's fastener products. Barfield Manufacturing was founded by John and Betty Barfield in 1977.

Aaron Barfield Gives High School Students A Tour Of Barfield Manufacturing, July 23, 1981 Photographer: Jane Hale

Aaron Barfield Gives High School Students A Tour Of Barfield Manufacturing, July 23, 1981 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, July 23, 1981
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Field trip- High school students from Detroit visited the Barfield Manufacturing Co. in Ypsilanti Wednesday for a tour of the auto parts manufacturing firm. Acting as a guide is Aaron Barfield, far right, who shows the students one of the firm's fastener products. Barfield Manufacturing was founded by John and Betty Barfield in 1977.

Eugene Power Receives Award For Service At United Negro College Fund Drive Event, October 27, 1988 Photographer: Colleen Fitzgerald

Eugene Power Receives Award For Service At United Negro College Fund Drive Event, October 27, 1988 image
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Ann Arbor News, October 27, 1988
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Doing the Honors - Eugene Power, center, receives a plaque of appreciation for 25 years of service as chairman of the Washtenaw County United Negro College Fund drive, as Kathryn Chenault, right, vice president of the college fund, presents the award. A smiling John Barfield, left, recently was appointed chairman of the fund.