This Is What Happened At The Corner Of Garland And Charlevoix In 1925: 5 Spots Video Series

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2014

By Terry Parris Jr.

Dr. Ossian Sweet's home on the Lower East Side of Detroit was the site of one of the most racially explosive incidences in the history of Detroit and, maybe, all of America. In 1925 Dr. Sweet moved into an all white neighborhood at the corner of Garland and Charlevoix. The response was hostile and it culminated in the killing of a white man after he invaded the Sweet home. Here's the story:

On Monday we rolled out a video series. We spent an afternoon with Detroit author Ken Coleman. He took us to five spots around Detroit that are significant to African-American history. We covered stories from the 1800s and the Underground Rail, through the '20s and '40s, and up to the late '50s with the formation of the Trade Union Leadership Council. Today, we are featuring what happened at 4801 E. Nevada St. in northeast Detroit in the 1940s.

You can watch the entire series here.

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, Craig Fahle and Coleman discussed the video project. Dig a little deeper on these sites and why they were chosen by listening to the conversation here:
Historically Significant Sites in Detroit - The Craig Fahle Show by The Craig Fahle Show

Additionally, here is a map of the spots we went to throughout Detroit. The Ossian Sweet house is the purple star.

Thanks to:
Ken Coleman for his time and knowledge
Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University
Joshua Jouppi for WDET motion graphic