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Friday Photo History: "Back to School" from the Horace Sheffield Collection

Title: Back to School
Photographer: Detroit Public Schools Date: 7/24/1962

This is a photo from the Horace Sheffield Collection.  Horace Sheffield was a long time UAW official and civil rights advocate in Detroit who got his start working at the Ford River Rouge Plant in 1934.  Throughout his long career in the UAW, which ended in 1981, Mr. Sheffield was a pioneer for civil rights and equality within the UAW and the auto industry.  With the thousands of photos in the Horace Sheffield collection there are many that feature ordinary life and daily tasks throughout the community of Detroit, which included Mr. Sheffield's primary constituents.  Many of these photos were used for pamphlets and brochures.  These pamphlets and brochures were used to further the integration and equality within the UAW and labor in general.  In this photo, taken by Detroit Public Schools, seven young boys help what could be a teacher rake outside a Detroit Public School.  This photo exemplifies the hard work and community improvement that Mr. Sheffield strongly advocated.

Photograph courtesy of the Collections and Exhibitions department of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (http://chwmuseum.org).  Research, caption and scanning by Derek Thomas Sojda.  For more information, please contact the Louise Lovett Wright Library and Robert L. Hurst Research Center at (313) 494-5840 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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