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Mar 07

March 7th, 1922: Graystone Ballroom

On this day in 1922, the Graystone Ballroom opens on Woodward Avenue and Canfield.

It will become a popular dancehall and feature big bands led by Glenn Miller, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. Regarded as one of the nation’s most entertaining venues, the Graystone will earn billing as “Detroit’s Million Dollar Ballroom” and accommodate 3,000 people.

Although race-based Jim Crow practices are not as prevalent in the North, the ballroom will be a segregated venue for many years. African-Americans, however, will be allowed to party there on Mondays, “Colored Night.”

Organizations like the NAACP and the west side-based men’s social club called the Nacirema Society (American spelled backward) will host spectacular dances there throughout the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

Photo: On this day in 1922, the Graystone Ballroom opens on Woodward Avenue and Canfield. 

It will become a popular dancehall and feature big bands led by Glenn Miller, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. Regarded as one of the nation’s most entertaining venues, the Graystone will earn billing as “Detroit’s Million Dollar Ballroom” and accommodate 3,000 people. 

Although race-based Jim Crow practices are not as prevalent in the North, the ballroom will be a segregated venue for many years. African-Americans, however, will be allowed to party there on Mondays, “Colored Night.” 

Organizations like the NAACP and the west side-based men’s social club called the Nacirema Society (American spelled backward) will host spectacular dances there throughout the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

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