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Feb 27

February 27th, 1942: Sojourner Truth Home

On this day in 1942, an angry group of 150 whites picket the Sojourner Truth Homes, one day before African-Americans are to begin moving into the new project.

The incident, which includes a crowd that swells toward 1,200 and a KKK-style cross burning, takes place months after the Detroit Housing Commission approves two federally-funded public housing sites. One for whites; another for African-Americans.

The Truth Homes, named in memory of the African-American anti-slavery crusader and women’s rights activist, are located at Nevada and Fenelon streets, a white neighborhood on the city’s east side.

Despite being completed for several months, no African-American tenants had moved into the Truth Homes because of mounting opposition from white neighbors. This caused federal officials to reverse their decision: The Sojourner Truth Housing project would be for white residents and another site would be selected for African-Americans.

This prompted organized protest from the African-American community and includes the Detroit Urban League, the Rev. Charles A. Hill of Hartford Avenue Baptist Church, and a telegram to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Ultimately, federal housing authorities will flip-flop and allow African-Americans to move into the Truth Homes.

 

Photo: On this day in 1942, an angry group of 150 whites picket the Sojourner Truth Homes, one day before African-Americans are to begin moving into the new project. 

The incident, which includes a crowd that swells toward 1,200 and a KKK-style cross burning, takes place months after the Detroit Housing Commission approves two federally-funded public housing sites. One for whites; another for African-Americans. 

The Truth Homes, named in memory of the African-American anti-slavery crusader and women’s rights activist, are located at Nevada and Fenelon streets, a white neighborhood on the city’s east side.

Despite being completed for several months, no African-American tenants had moved into the Truth Homes because of mounting opposition from white neighbors. This caused federal officials to reverse their decision: The Sojourner Truth Housing project would be for white residents and another site would be selected for African-Americans. 

This prompted organized protest from the African-American community and includes the Detroit Urban League, the Rev. Charles A. Hill of Hartford Avenue Baptist Church, and a telegram to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Ultimately, federal housing authorities will flip-flop and allow African-Americans to move into the Truth Homes.

Thank you to Ken Coleman on Facebook www.onthisdaydetroit.com