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Stinger4me
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Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009 - 2:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Does anybody out there know where this was located? Thanks for the help
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Detroitnerd
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Around Fenelon and Nevada IIRC
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Detroitnerd
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4801 Nevada at Fenelon in northern Detroit

http://www.detroit1701.org/Soj ourner%20Truth%20Housing%20Pro ject.html
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Cub
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They are still there. :-)
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Detroitnerd
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They were the site of a terrible row in 1942. Even made LIFE magazine.
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Danny
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For sure, when the housing projects were built in the 1940s in the Krainz Woods sub-division. It was for low-income blacks. But lots of white folks who lived over the neighborhoods don't want them in that are so they protested and held segregated signs, but they have lost and 30 years later, white folks moved away to the suburbs replacing the whole neighborhoods with lots of middle to low-income blacks. Two of friends used to live over there before they moved to the lower eastside area.
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Rickinatlanta
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Incredible...
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Neilr
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WP


From Frank Angelo's Yesterday's Detroit, 1974
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Detroitnerd
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Yeah, the feds switched plans twice. Naming the project after Sojourner, a famous African-American, didn't stop them from yielding to neighborhood demands that the housing be for whites, not blacks. (In the 1940s, the government built segregated housing projects.) Then, after much protest, they flipped back.
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Neilr
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crowd

Two attempts to block the influx of blacks were made before the moves could be completed with thousands of troopers and police on hand.

Again, from Frank Angelo's book.
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Neilr
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UL


This group of Detroiters went to Washington, DC to protest the government's handling of the situation. After speaking with Sen. Prentiss Brown they posed at the DC Urban League headquarters.

My final picture from Frank Angelo's book.
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Cub
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Lol at Rick :-)
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East_detroit
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???
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Detroitnerd
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That it is "incredible" that the homes still stand? :-)
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Cub
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No, Danny's post is incredible.
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I don't have much information, but I have heard stories of this time period concerning a right wing racist priest from the St. Louis the King parish near Seven Mile and Mound. From what I have heard, he was a chief instigator of the white demonstrations against the population of the Sojouner Truth Projects.

Any one have information to post for the benefit of all? The time period, I guess, would be circa 1940's.
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East_detroit
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Tsk, tsk, Cub.
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Pam
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The SJ Homes are mentioned in Thomas Sugrue's new book Sweet Land of Liberty. I think they were also in his previous book The Origins of the Urban Crisis.
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Rickinatlanta
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Thanks Cub...:-) Lewis Black would love Danny.

(Message edited by rickinatlanta on February 20, 2009)
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Lmichigan
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Lewis Black, who's always close to spontaneously combusting, anyway, would absolutely and physically explode if he were to try and talk to Danny. lol
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Fareastsider
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"They were the site of a terrible row in 1942. Even made LIFE magazine."

Funny, I was reading a copy of that article at about 3pm when you posted that comment!
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Thanks for yet another history lesson.
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Fra_paolo
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Coincidentally, I'm doing an MA project on events leading up to the 1943 riot. Does anyone know if the Detroit Public Library has copies of the Detroit Times for this period? Their microform collection of Times doesn't include the war.

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