Did you know that Ypsilanti’s New Jerusalem Baptist Church was originally built as a school for African-American students? The First Ward School closed in 1919 after more than 50 years of operating in the era of “separate but equal.” WEMU’s Jorge Avellan explores the history of the school, its connection to a landmark segregation case in Michigan, and where we stand on that issue 100 years later.
As part of the Thanksgiving celebration, churches in Washtenaw County are opening their doors to help feed the public. With this story, we continue with our series on how different people celebrate the holiday in our county.
WEMU's Jorge Avellan reports on Washtenaw County churches serving meals for Thanksgiving.
Earlier this month, we took a quick look into the Underground Railroad in our Southeast Michigan. As part of Black History Month, we continue exploring stories that came out of that era in Washtenaw County.