African American Downtown Festival & the history of African Americans in Ann Arbor
This Saturday, June 4th, will be the annual African American Downtown Festival in Ann Arbor! The festival will be a multicultural and multi-generational celebration of African American history in Ann Arbor. The location of the festival (4th and Ann) is significant due to it being the historical epicenter in Ann Arbor of African American owned businesses, culture and family life. Fun times to be had by all!
If you're interested in doing some research into the history of African Americans in Washtenaw County, the AADL has several resources for you:
- A pictorial history titled, "Another Ann Arbor" by Carol Gibson & Lola M. Jones.
- "Unconquered Souls: The History of the African American in Ypsilanti by Albert P. Marshall.
- The documentary "A Woman's Town" (1991) chronicling the history of African American women in Ann Arbor from the mid-nineteenth century to the late nineteenth century.
- Abolitionist history in Ann Arbor with the Signal of Liberty newspaper database
- An AADL Productions Podcast with Lola Jones and Carol Gibson, the founders of the website "Another Ann Arbor" & authors of the book of the same name.
Additional local resources include:
- The African American Cultural and Historical Museum, dedicated to preserving the history and culture of African Americans in Washtenaw County.
- The website and organization, "Another Ann Arbor", created by Lola Jones and Carol Gibson to chronicle African American life in Ann Arbor.
- The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan has a number of collections dedicated to African American history in Ann Arbor.