A People’s College: The Untold Story of Wayne State University’s Founder

A Corktown educator, a college for immigrants, and a successful push to preserve David Mackenzie’s home.

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David Mackenzie, founder of Detroit Junior College, later Wayne State University.

“A People’s College”

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Main floor corridor in Detroit Central High School (now Wayne State University’s Old Main) as it appeared in 1897.

A Queen Anne in Detroit

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David Mackenzie House, c. 1897.

Preserving Mackenzie House

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The Mackenzie House today. Students successfully stopped the demolition of the house in the 1970s. Photo courtesy Michelle and Chris Gerard.

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Detroit’s oldest and largest preservation organization, established in 1975. Dedicated to the cultural and architectural heritage of the city.

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