Visitors are encouraged to search out the only book-length telling of Ypsilanti’s African American history, A.P. Marshall’s Unconquered souls: the history of the African American in Ypsilanti published by Marlan in 1993. It is available from local public and school libraries as well as from the Ypsilanti Historical Society. Marshall’s archives, now housed at the Ypsilanti Historical Society, are also available for study. Without Marshall’s many years of work in uncovering Ypsilanti’s black history, this project would not have been possible.
There are many books and resources on Ypsilanti history. This history and almanac, Past and Present of Washtenaw County, Michigan, published in 1906, was extremely useful in understanding the attitudes and perceptions of the time, from the perspective of the dominant population. It is also full of facts and figures. In addition to those listed below, many entries on the site will link to, or list resources for further study.
Afro-Americans in Michigan: a selected bibliography.. 4th ed. Lansing, Mich.: State Library Services, 1975.
Banner, Melvin E.. A short Negro history of Flint. Flint, Mich. [: s.n.], 1964.
Blocker, Jack S.. A little more freedom: African Americans enter the urban Midwest, 1860-1930. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2008.
Bordewich, Fergus M.. Bound for Canaan: the underground railroad and the war for the soul of America. New York: Amistad, 2005.
DeVries, James E.. Race and kinship in a Midwestern town: the black experience in Monroe, Michigan, 1900-1915. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1984.
Drew, Benjamin. Refugees from slavery: autobiographies of fugitive slaves in Canada. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications, 2004.
DuBois, W. E. B.. Black Reconstruction in America; an essay toward a history of the part which black fold played in the attempt to reconstruct democracy in America, 1860-1880.. New York: Atheneum, 1975.
Eaglin, Jan. Standing tall: putting down roots.. S.l.: Xlibris, 2012.
Frost, Karolyn. I’ve got a home in glory land: a lost tale of the underground railroad. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Gibson, Carol and Lola M. Jones. Another Ann Arbor. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2006.
Hepburn, Sharon A. Roger. Crossing the border: a free Black community in Canada. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007.
Jelks, Randal Maurice. Race, Respectability and the Struggle for Civil Rights: A Study of the African American Community of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1870-1954. Lansing, MI: R. M. Jelks, 1999.
Katzman, David M. Before the Ghetto: Black Detroit in the Nineteenth Century. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1975.
Kubisch, Linda. The Queen’s Bush Settlement Black pioneers, 1839-1865. Toronto: Natural Heritage Books, 2004.
Kyvig, David E., and Myron A. Marty.Nearby history: exploring the past around you. Nashville, Tenn.: American Association for State and Local History, 1982.
Larrie, Reginald. Black experiences in Michigan history. Lansing: Michigan History Division, Michigan Dept. of State, 1975.
Leftwich, Carson Jeanne. Survival strategies of Black Kalamazooans: migration, kinship networks and work in a midwestern village, 1860-1900. Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University, 1997.
Loewen, James W.. Sundown towns: a hidden dimension of American racism. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.
Marshall, Albert P. Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Ypsilanti, A Brief History.. Ypsilanti:1979.
Marshall, Albert P. Sketches of Brown Chapel and AME history celebrating 200 years. Ypsilanti, Mich.: [s.n.], 1987.
Marshall, Albert P. Unconquered Souls: The History of the African American in Ypsilanti. Ypsilanti, MI: Marlan, 1993.
McRae, Norman. Negroes in Michigan During the Civil War. Lansing, MI: Michigan Civil War Centennial Observance Commission, 1966.
Meyer, Douglas K. The Changing Negro Residential Patterns in Lansing, Michigan, 1850-1969. Lansing, MI: D. K. Meyer, 1970.
Michigan Bureau of Library Services. Negroes in Michigan: A Selected Bibliography. Lansing, MI: 1969.
Michigan Department of State, Bureau of History. Pathways to Michigan’s Black Heritage. Lansing, MI: The Bureau [of History], 1988.
Middleton, Joyce Shadd, Karen Evelyn, and Bryan Prince. Something to hope for: the story of the fugitive slave settlement, Buxton, Canada West.. North Buxton, Ont.: Buxton National Historic Site & Museum, 2000.
Miscellaneous Negro newspapers. Washington, D.C.: microfilmed by the Library of Congress for the Committee on Negro Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies, 1947.
Mull, Carol E.. The Underground Railroad in Michigan. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., Publishers, 2010.
Perry, Charlotte Bronté. The history of the coloured Canadian in Windsor, Ontario, 1867-1967. Windsor, Ont.: Printed by Sumner Print. & Pub. Co., 1967.
Ruffin, Roosevelt Samuel. Black presence in Saginaw, Mich.: 1855-1900. 1978.
Simpson, D.G.. Negroes in Ontario from early times to 1870. Ottawa: National Library of Canada, 1972.
Skocpol, Theda, Ariane Liazos, and Marshall Ganz. What a mighty power we can be: African American fraternal groups and the struggle for racial equality. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006.
Tobin, Jacqueline, and Hettie Jones. From Midnight to Dawn: the last tracks of the underground railroad. New York: Doubleday, 2007.
Vincent, Stephen A.. Southern seed, northern soil: African-American farm communities in the Midwest, 1765-1900. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999.
Walker, Lewis, Benjamin C. Wilson, and Linwood H. Cousins. African Americans in Michigan. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2001.