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  1. Born in Detroit, the University of Michigan’s engagement in the city stretches back two centuries

    Detroit is the birthplace of the University of Michigan where it was founded 1817 as the Catholepistemiad or University of Michigania. At that time, Detroit was the capital of the Michigan Territory. In 1837, the Michigan Territory became the State of Michigan, and the University of Michigan moved to Ann Arbor in the original 40-acre parcel that is our current Diag.

  2. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Heather Ann Thompson sees Detroit as central for carceral reform

    “I think we’re living in a very important moment. On the one hand, we’re poised for positive change with incredible energy to make our criminal justice system more just, and nowhere are we seeing that more than in Detroit.”

    ~ Heather Ann Thompson

  3. New digital archive at U-M highlights history of Detroit’s Jewish community

    The free, searchable database contains more than 100 years of digital copies of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle and the Detroit Jewish News.

  4. Mapping Slavery in Detroit

    Professor Tiya Miles and a team of students have spent two years researching the history of slavery in Detroit, mapping the locations and lives of slaves and former slaves and reclaiming an essential part of the city’s history.