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The Underground Railroad

Ypsilanti District Library

The Ypsilanti District Library will partner up with the University of Michigan Library later this week to host an Ypsilanti Wikipedia page edit-a-thon.  

Ypsilanti Historical Society.

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. 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

As part of our Black History Month coverage, we’re taking a closer look at a project in Ypsilanti, that once completed, will highlight African-American history in that area.


Black Ypsi: Recorded and Remembered Project

The City of Ypsilanti, along with Eastern Michigan University, are working together to highlight African-American history in Ypsilanti.  A community conversation was held today at the Parkridge Community Center to discuss the project called "Black Ypsi: Recorded and Remembered." 

 

Library of Congress

The annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival kicks-off on Friday and the celebration will run through the weekend.  It's a perfect time to take a look back at some of the elements that have helped create the identity of this Washtenaw County community.