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Landmarks of Saginaw's African American Community

The exhibition is closed. Please enjoy the information about this past exhibit.

Landmarks of Saginaw's African American Community is a photographic exhibit featuring highlights of landmarks owned and operated by Saginaw residents who were African American. It also includes an oral history video of African American community members who discuss what it was like to grow up in Saginaw.


Highlights include: Porterfield Garage - The garage and service station operated by the Porterfield family who served the people of Saginaw for more than half a century.W.Q. Atwood Residence Atwood was a freed slave who owned and operated his own lumber company before moving into the real estate business. He became a self-made millionaire and self-taught scholar who also served as a three-time delegate for the Republic National Committee.Madame Nichols Wig and Style Shop Mary Goodridge Nichols, sister of the well-known photographers, owned the shop. Mary offered hairstyling, manicures and hairpieces for sale and also trained other African American women to become hairdressers and wig makers.

Explore Other Past Exhibits

Through the Eyes of Lucy Burrows Morley

Home from the War: Saginaw's Civil War Veterans

Second National Bank

Remembering the Forgotten War

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