What Happened At The Sojourner Truth Homes? 5 Spots Video Series

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

By Terry Parris Jr.

Yesterday 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.

It was at this site the federal government decided to build a housing project. It was first only for African-Americans, and then only for whites, and then, again, only for African-Americans. After the flip-flop, in February of 1942, African-Americans ended up moving into the Sojourner Truth Homes but were faced with protest. Here's the story:

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 Sojourner Truth Homes site is the blue 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