City of Ypsilanti: 1827-Present

Notable African Americans in Ypsilanti History

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First black family to own property in the Ypsilanti area, 1827

City of Ypsilanti’s first black Physician, Dr. John Dickerson, 1914
City of Ypsilanti’s first black Policeman, James W. Hibbit, 1948
City of Ypsilanti’s first black Fireman, Floyd B. Walls, 1966
City of Ypsilanti’s first black Mayor, John Burton, 1967-1968