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Ypsilanti as an African-American City: Part One, 1825-1920

  • Zoom meeting, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
  • Dates: October 12, 2021
  • Location: Virtual Event
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Price: Free
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Between the Civil War and around 1920, Ypsilanti was Michigan’s most populous African-American city by percentage. For generations this community, steeped in the struggle against slavery, played a leading role in the entire region’s Black life.
Join historian Matt Siegfried as we take a look at the reality of racism in the city and how Ypsilanti’s confident and well-organized Black community, steeped in a self-determining history, responded slavery, the Civil War, local politics and a rising Jim Crow.
In this first part, we will learn about the community’s social, cultural and political life as we place Ypsilanti's unique history in large national contexts until the beginnings of the Great migration around 1920.