Michigan awards $15k grant to document Civil Rights bookstore in Detroit and City of Detroit awarded $50k to conduct historic study of Latinx communities in Detroit. Michigan is my new favorite state.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced two projects in Michigan focused on Civil Rights history have been awarded $65,000 in federal Underrepresented Community Grant Program funding from the National Park Service. The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the Michigan Strategic Fund was awarded $15,000 to nominate Vaughn's Bookstore in Detroit to the National Register of Historic Places, and the City of Detroit was awarded $50,000 to conduct a historic study of Latinx communities in Detroit.
"These grants will shine a light on places and experiences vital to the Civil Rights movement and help us further expand our understanding of the Civil Rights movement in Michigan," said Gov. Whitmer. "The nomination of Vaughn's Bookstore to the National Register will recognize a significant location that served as a center for Black culture and played a meaningful role in the Civil Rights movement in the city of Detroit."
The SHPO grant was one of two projects in Michigan to receive funding from the National Park Service's Underrepresented Community Grant Program. A separate $50,000 grant was also awarded to the city of Detroit to develop a historic context for the city's Latinx community. This historic context document will provide a broad historical overview on the settlement and development patterns of Latinx communities in Detroit between 1880 and 1980.
The SHPO will utilize its grant to document and nominate Vaughn's Bookstore in Detroit to the National Register of Historic Places. Established on Dexter Avenue in the early 1960s by Edward Vaughn, Vaughn's Bookstore was Detroit's first Black-owned bookstore. Born in Alabama in 1934, Edward Vaughn graduated from Fisk University in 1955 and served in the U.S. Army before settling in Detroit.
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