Established in 1888, Maple Street’s Brownson Elementary was remembered fondly by figure-skater Linda Frances, who lived in the Black Bottom area as a child. It was located in an area once home to a handful of Syrian and Armenian immigrants by the early ‘20s, according to surveys conducted by the Detroit Educational Bulletin in 1920 and 1922. It was eventually demolished between 1961 and 1966.
John Grover and Yvette Van Der Velde, A School District in Crisis: Detroit’s Public Schools 1942-2015. Loveland Technologies. Accessed July 19, 2020.
Loren Henry Houtman. Response of Detroit Public Schools to Immigrant Groups. Michigan State University, Ed.D., 1965, p. 171.
Interview with Linda Frances by PG Watkins, Black Bottom Archives. May 23, 2020.