Involved in legal battle against discriminatory housing practices over Detroit home named National Historic Site

A Detroit home involved in a landmark civil rights case nearly a century ago has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Park Service program recently announced the new designation for the Orsell and Minnie McGee home, citing its connection to the civil rights movement and African American life in Detroit.

The house on Sebaldt St. played a central role in the fight against restrictions that prevented non-whites from occupying certain houses.

McGhee’s house on Detroit’s west side played a central role in the fight against racist restrictions, often imposed by property deeds and other residential covenants that barred non-whites from occupying certain homes.

at 4626 Seebaldt St. The home is one of more than two dozen Michigan sites on the list this summer.

The two-story brick home’s journey dates back to the 1940s when a black couple, Orsell and Minnie McGee, purchased the property. After buying the house, the white residents used racist language in the deed to prevent McGhee from moving there.

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