FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
BLACK HISTORY MONTH LECTURE!
From the 1800s to the 1950s, a small section on the lower east side of Detroit would be the neighborhood with the most concentrated population of African Americans in the city.
It was known as Black Bottom.
Close to that neighborhood was a business and entertainment district containing hundreds of Black-owned businesses from the 1920s-1950s.
It was known as Paradise Valley.
Connecting the two was a street that was rich in history and significance to the African American community, and the Jewish community.
It was known as Hastings Street.
Please join historian, educator and Tour Leader of Black Scroll Network History & Tours, Jamon Jordan, at the Elmwood Public Library, as he discusses the origins of Black Bottom and Paradise Valley, and their connectionto the Underground Railroad, Housing Segregation, and the federal, state and local policies that helped to create the area, and led to their destruction,