Detroit Free Press: Detroit coffee shop in church was home to civil rights warriors

Numerous homes and buildings have disappeared around the infamous intersection of 12th and Clairmount since the 1967 rebellion detonated on the corner.

One survivor, still standing a block north on 12th (long renamed Rosa Parks) is a modest, red-brick church that has been reborn as a popular coffee house, bar and restaurant. Accessorized with pews, stained glass and an organ, it attracts a clientele from the neighborhood and across the region. But its caffeine-fueled vibrancy today obscures a century-long past, one that is deeply entwined with Black Detroit’s long struggle for civil rights and economic justice.

Read full article here or at

Leave a Reply