Today in Michigan History

September 9, 1925

Dr. Ossian Sweet defended his family.

When a white mob threatened Dr. Ossian Sweet’s family, who had just moved into an all-white Detroit neighborhood, a shot was fired from the house that killed an onlooker. Famed lawyer Clarence Darrow successfully defended the Sweets, arguing they had the right to defend themselves when their lives were threatened.

Thank you Michigan History Magazine for this glimpse into our past.  See more at www.michiganhistorymagazine.com.

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