2015

Grant Recipients

African Americans

Hartford Memorial Baptist Church

A History of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church

$24,733 • Detroit

This project documented and preserved the history of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, particularly as its connection to the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Detroit/Michigan, and to a larger history of racial inclusion and equity. The goal of this work was to reinforce and revitalize the importance of HMBC as an example of the Black church as the heart of the community. This project emphasized the importance of knowing their history for young people and people of color by using permanent and traveling professional historical exhibits and stories to teach them, though history, to celebrate each other’s differences. This project preserved the 98 years of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church history and the untold and uncelebrated contributions the congregation made to the history of Detroit and Michigan through the development of a digital gallery, oral history library, and archive that is available and accessible to the world.

Early church building, between 1917-1922


Children’s Sunday school, 1945.