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Author Van Dusen, Gerald C., author.

Title Detroit's Birwood Wall [electronic resource] : Hatred & Healing in the West Eight Mile Community / Gerald Van Dusen.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : Arcadia Publishing Inc., [2019]


Description 1 online resource (192 pages)
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Summary In 1941, a real estate developer in northwest Detroit faced a dilemma. He needed federal financing for white clients purchasing lots in a new subdivision abutting a community of mostly African Americans. When the banks deemed the development too risky because of potential racial tension, the developer proposed a novel solution. He built a six-foot-tall, one-foot-thick concrete barrier extending from Eight Mile Road south for three city blocks -- the infamous Birwood Wall. It changed life in West Eight Mile forever. Gathering personal interviews, family histories, land records and other archival sources, author Gerald Van Dusen tells the story of this isolated black enclave that persevered through all manner of racial barriers and transformed a symbol of discrimination into an expression of hope and perseverance.
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Subject African Americans -- Michigan -- Detroit -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights movements -- Michigan -- Detroit -- History -- 20th century.
Race discrimination -- Michigan -- Detroit -- History -- 20th century.
Walls -- Michigan -- Detroit -- History -- 20th century.
Detroit (Mich.) -- Race relations.
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ISBN 9781439666982 (epub)
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