Do you remember Detroit's Black power murals? A U-M prof wants to know!

click to enlarge Wall of Dignity details. - John Pitman Weber
John Pitman Weber
Wall of Dignity details.

We received the following letter in response to Jeff Huebner's cover story last week, "In search of Detroit’s lost walls of dignity, freedom, and pride."

I was happy to see Jeff Huebner’s article on Detroit’s historic Black Power murals on the cover of this week’s Metro Times. Students and I are researching the impact of these murals. We’d love to hear from people who remember seeing the “Walls,” or knew the Detroit artists who were involved, or knew the people and groups who sponsored them back in 1968: Frank Ditto, the ESVID, Grace Episcopal Church (Rev. Hunt and Rev. Williams), Father Kerwin, Deacon McNeeley and the staff at St. Bernard of Clairvaux on the East Side. Could you please ask readers to share their memories or contact me at [email protected]?

P.S. I’m mentioned in the article as sharing research interests and information with the author, Jeff Huebner.

Yours sincerely,

Rebecca Zurier
Associate Professor,
History of Art and Faculty Associate,
Program in American Culture
University of Michigan

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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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