Map: Black Bottom Streetview

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Black Bottom is somewhat of a mythical area of Detroit that gave rise to some of the city’s most important African American cultural institutions along with its sister neighborhood Paradise Valley that stretched north to Warren Ave.

“We feel that Black Bottom’s stories must be shared—especially at this critical moment in Detroit’s history,” says the written statement by project organizer Emily Kutil. “Black Bottom Street View is a project to visualize Detroit’s historic Black Bottom neighborhood.”

The Black Bottom area was acquired by the City of Detroit under eminent domain and razed due to the slum conditions, although Mayor Cobo was well known for his racist sentiments.

Visit the stitched together black and white photos of each block of Black Bottom in the Detroit Public Library’s Strohm Hall through March 2019.

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