According to the Michigan Municipal League, Harry Lee Scott is the first black female mayor in Michigan. Born in Selma, Alabama, Harry Lee worked in the local foundry for most of her life. When she retired, she ran for mayor and won.
Ms. Scott was elected President of the Village in November 1981. She took office in 1982 and remained Village President until 1987. As a side note she married and becamse Harry Lee Scott Boglin.
Source: Charlotte W. Craig, "Harry Scott : Black, female, mayor", Detroit Free Press, March 21, 1982, p.A3.
On this day in 1946, the Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battle Creek (formerly the Battle Creek Sanitarium) installed the nation’s first microfilm projector. The device, made by University Microfilms and Argus Cameras of Ann Arbor, was used to project enlarged images on the ceilings of rooms of their bedridden patients.
Despite fierce criticism of the President of Marygrove College Dr. George Derry, Henry Ford decided to go ahead and have the Marxist painter Diego Rivera from Mexico complete his murals in the Detroit Institute of Arts and they were unveiled on this day.
The murals celebrated the American worker, particularly those on the production lines of car plants.
On March 21, 1891, Eau Claire was incorporated. First settled about 1850, the Berrien County settlement, whose name means in French "clear water," becomes a village.
Source: Michigan History Magazine
Major General George Owen Squier. The name may not be familiar, but his work in the fields of aeronautics and radio communications rivaled that of better-known contemporaries like Alexander Bell and the Wright Brothers.
Squier, a native of Dryden, Michigan, was the first military officer to fly, in a plane piloted by Orville Wright. Today, his hometown hopes to build a statue in his honor.
Michigan would borrow five million dollars to build 3 railroads and 2 canals across the state. After the Panic of 1837 and failure of the state's bonding agent, the state was broke and its credit was ruined. Two railroads were sold to private investors and the other projects were abandoned. One of the canals proposed by Governor Stephens D. Mason would eventually be built as the Soo Locks.
Source : Michigan Every Day
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