History officials are seeking public input on a potential marker for Detroit's former Black Bottom neighborhood.
The Detroit Historical Society's Black Historic Sites Committee plans to host Michigan History Center representatives Monday evening for a two-hour discussion . The Michigan Historical Commission wants ideas about what the marker would say and where one would be placed.
Black Bottom was a predominantly black neighborhood demolished in the 1960s for a freeway and mixed-income development, Lafayette Park. Once home to an Eastern European Jewish community, it and the neighboring Paradise Valley district became a hub of black-owned businesses and featured a nationally known music scene.
The area suffered economic decline and was razed to combat what the city then called "urban blight."
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Black Bottom was named for the area's native rich and marshy soils.