Take notice of historic markers!
October 4, 2013 | Sharon Alterman
Throughout the state of Michigan, more than 2,500 historic sites are listed on the state’s register and more than 1,500 historical markers erected. Our state’s historical marker program was established in 1955 and has grown to become one of the largest privately funded historical marker programs in the country. The program is paid for by sponsors including the Michigan Jewish Historical Society (MJS). MJS has funded the following historical markers:
- The Detroit Flag – placed at the Detroit Historical Museum in 1983 to commemorate the 1907 design of the official flag of Detroit by David Heineman, a member of Detroit’s Common Council and a leading figure in the Detroit Jewish community.
- In Memory Of Bernard Isaacs – erected to commemorate the leadership of Bernard Isaacs, the first principal of the United Hebrew Schools.
- Chapman Abraham – erected in Detroit’s Tricentennial Park on the Detroit River, at the intersection of St. Aubin and Atwater, in 2008 to commemorate the arrival of the first known Jewish resident Detroit in 1763.
- First Jewish Religious Services – on the site of the home of Isaac and Sarah Cozens, at Congress and St. Antoine, the present site of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Building.
- Michigan’s First Jewish Settler– placed at Fort Michilimackinac to honor Ezekiel Solomon‘s landing in 1761 at Michilimackinac. Bonstelle Theatre – placed on Woodward Avenue at the Wayne State University.
- Bonstelle Theatre, designed by Albert Kahn in 1921 as the third home of Temple Beth El.
- Detroit’s first Jewish Cemetery – located at Lafayette Street, the cemetery was dedicated by Temple Beth El in 1851.
- Michigan’s first Jewish Cemetery– placed on the east lawn of the U-M Rackman Building in Ann Arbor to commemorate the cemetery established in 1848.
Sources: Michigan Jewish History Volume 30, Michigan Jewish History Volume 47
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