2017-2021: The Detroit Civil Rights Project
The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office in conjunction with the City of Detroit Historic Designation Advisory Board are undertaking a project to document Detroit’s 20th Century Civil Rights History and the historic sites associated with it. The project is funded through an African American Civil Rights program grant by the National Park Service (NPS). Research topics are based on four themes identified by NPS:
- Rekindling Civil Rights, 1900-1940
- Birth of The Civil Rights Movement, 1941-1954
- Modern Civil Rights Movement, 1955-1964
- The Second Revolution, 1965-1976
For more information on these themes see the NPS 2008 report Civil Rights in America: A Framework for Identifying Significant Sites.
Quinn Evans Architects of Ann Arbor and Detroit was contracted to undertake the field work for this project. They researched Detroit’s Civil Rights history and identified the people, places, trends, and time periods associated with it and prepared the following end products:
1. The Civil Rights Movement and the African American Experience in 20th Century Detroit Survey and Inventory Report to document existing Civil Rights-related sites and context
2. National Register of Historic Places nominations for five undesignated sites and a Multiple Property Documentation Form; all were formally added to the National Register in January and February of 2021:
3. Research and installation of three Michigan Historical Markers to interpret Civil Rights-related sites (planned for 2021)
4. Creation of a public bike tour of the sites, which is complete and you can explore the tour by smartphone, tablet or computer.
For more information on the Detroit 20th Century Civil Rights Sites Project contact:
Amy L. Arnold, Civil Rights Project Manager
State Historic Preservation Office
firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-335-2729
Ruth E. Mills, Historian/Architectural Historian
Quinn Evans Architects
email@example.com or 734-926-0433
For information on the National Register of Historic Places visit https://www.nps.gov/nr
This project is partially funded by the African American Civil Rights program of the Historic Preservation Fund, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior or the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products herein constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior or the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.