African American

2:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Book examines history of rural African Americans in Michigan

Bill Allen was an African American who ran a hog farm in Cass County in the late 1860s.
Credit Courtesy of Benjamin Calvin Wilson

Throughout Michigan's history, the state's African American population is often portrayed as an urban population. But that depiction overlooks a part of Michigan’s history.

Many African Americans settled in rural areas, before and after the Civil War. In 1860, Cass County was home to more than 1,500 blacks, surprisingly that was just under the number of African Americans found in Wayne County at the time.

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