Building Closure

We are currently closed to the public to limit the spread of COVID-19. As staff are working remotely, we will do our best to assist you virtually.  read more »

Juneteenth - A celebration of freedom since 1865

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President Lincoln is popularly given credit for freeing slaves in America with the Emancipation Proclamation. Though he personally did not support the use of slavery, his reasons for creating this proclamation were seen as more political and military than out of an advocacy for human and civil rights. His order, given as President and Commander in Chief of the military, did free people being held as slaves, but only in states that were in active rebellion against the Union. The Emancipation Proclamation gave military forces the authority and power to liberate slaves as they continued to gain ground in the South states.

But what does this have to do with Juneteenth? What is Juneteenth you might ask?  read more »

Solidarity Statement

The Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs continues to stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and all those fighting for racial justice. Over the past 60 years,  read more »

Reuther Library Community Archive: COVID-19 Experiences

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The Walter P. Reuther Library wants to hear from our community about your experiences during COVID-19.

We acknowledge that our community has been hit hard by the virus: Black Detroiters face higher mortality rates than the US average, workers represented by our partner unions have lost jobs or confront risks as essential workers.  read more »

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