EVERY FAMILY IS A
Celebrating the Untold
Stories of Detroit’s African American Families
the Society in celebration of the City of Detroit’s
Tercentennial in the year 2001, EVERY FAMILY IS A HISTORY
has been exhibited at the Detroit Public Library, Main Branch,
May through October 2001, the Detroit Children’s Museum,
November 2001 through March 2002, Marygrove College, Detroit,
Michigan, November 2002, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of
African American History, Detroit, Michigan, November 2004
through April 2005. These historically significant accounts are
now available to venues across the country.
woven exhibition and companion video chronicles the Fred Hart
Williams Genealogical Society as the first African American
Genealogical Society in the state of Michigan. As genealogy is
brought to life, witness the stories of four Detroit families as
told through the eyes of living descendants. With histories
dating back to the 1850’s, these narratives represent the first
in a series of seventy biographical profiles adapted from the
book, Our Untold Stories: A Collection of Family History
examines the stories of:
(1882-1961), journalist, patron of the arts and respected
pioneer in collecting and interpreting historical materials
about African Americans.
(c.1812-1868), free black man, political activist and agent on
the Underground Railroad, whose home became a center of
(1838-1907), an emancipated slave, whose “rags to riches” story
earned him the distinction of being dubbed “Detroit’s Richest
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story of their “reconnection” with Canadian relatives at their
first family reunion in over 100 years.
with the Society’s mission of preserving African American
history, life and culture, these proud accounts are valuable
references for genealogists, students, educators, families and
researchers seeking to discover more about Detroit’s history,
its extraordinary heritage, and links to our nation’s past.
Mural Panels with text and 16 oak laminate display stands
MEDIUM: 4 color Digital Prints, Gator Board Mounts and
FEET: 40’ for 10 Panels each measuring 4’w X 7’h X 2” d
Bookings. For content and scheduling information, call the
Society hotline at (313) 438-3233 or E-mail,
FAMILY IS A HISTORY
was supported in part by the Fred Hart Williams Genealogical
Society, the Descendants of William & Harvey Webb, The James H.
Cole Home for Funerals, Greektown Casino, and individual donors.