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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Detroit Memorial Park Cemetery in Warren

African Americans were denied burial in many cemeteries in the Detroit area, or were charged more or were restricted to burials on certain days and at certain inconvenient hours. A group of business owners pooled their resources and bought a large tract of land in the northwest corner of Warren on 13 and Ryan and developed the 85 acre Detroit Memorial Park in the 1920's. Frances Ballard, a Supreme singer, is buried here as well as state senator Charles Diggs, Jr. The Real McCoy is interred here also, that is Elijah McCoy. This son of escaped slaves was a prolific inventor and is credited with developing the drip cup for the lubrication of machinery.

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