The Wright Plan for the Horace Sheffield Jr. Collection

Organized labor and the fight for civil rights were pivotal issues that shaped the city of Detroit in the twentieth cen-tury. Battles were fought in the streets, on the overpasses, and throughout the institutions of government. Horace Sheffield Jr. stood firmly at the intersection of these two movements. Although best known as a civil rights activ-ist and labor leader, Sheffield was involved in a number of organizations and unions. His affiliations included everything from the UAW to the United Way. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (CHW-MAAH) is currently processing the records left behind by this crusader for equality. The initial collection was donated by the Sheffield family, with smaller donations added subsequently by Horace Sheffield III.

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