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 Arbor News, December 29, 1962
Volunteer At Work: Mrs. Burt Lutz of 1405 Iroquois Pl. pushes Mrs. Josephine Williams' wheelchair down a corridor at Washtenaw County Hospital. Mrs. Lutz was the first chairman of a group of women from the Church of the Good Shepherd who do volunteer work at the hospital. Mrs. Williams left the hospital this Wednesday.