By Jamon Jordan.
BLACK BOTTOM & PARADISE VALLEY TOURS!
The Lower eastside of Detroit, home to Eastern Market, Lafayette Park, Elmwood Cemetery and the Islandview neighborhood is one of the most historically significant neighborhoods in Detroit’s history. Before Greektown, Corktown, and Poletown, this was the home of many European ethnic groups – Irish, Jewish, German, Italians, Polish, and of course, African Americans. This part of Detroit would be the neighborhood with the most concentrated population of African Americans from the 1800s to the 1950s. It was known as Black Bottom. Please join historian, educator and Tour Leader of Black Scroll Network History and Tours, Jamon Jordan on a tour of what was Black Bottom, the historic African American neighborhood that was destroyed by federal, state, and local policymakers. We will also visit the site of Paradise Valley, the African American business and entertainment district that was destroyed by the building of the I-375 & I-75 freeway. We will visit historic homesites, schools, houses of worship and businesses. The FIRST tour – Wednesday, October 9th – starts at Bert’s Warehouse in Eastern Market (2739 Russell Street) at 6PM. This tour covers the history of Black Bottom from the 1700s-early 1900s. The SECOND tour will take place on Thursday, October 10th – starts at Bert’s Warehouse in Eastern Market at 6pm. This tour covers the history of Black Bottom from the 1800s-1960s, and the history of Paradise Valley from the 1920s-1960s. These walking history tours – about 2 miles each – are vital in understanding the rich history of African Americans in the city of Detroit.