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List of Detroit Historical Figures


There are many people in Detroit's long and varied history that helped to shape the city and its surrounding communities. While some people affected the city directly, other people simply lent the Detroit area prestige through their achievements.

Henry Ford

The man who put Detroit on the map as the Motor City.

Rosa Parks

The mother of the Civil Rights Movement moved to Detroit with her husband in 1957 -- after the events in Montgomery, Alabama -- and remained in the area until her death in 2005.

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