“Everybody came to the Book-Cadillac,” the Free Press writes in their article about the developing story to re-open the historic Book-Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit. That’s not exactly true. For years after it was constructed in 1924, the Book-Cadillac and many of Detroit’s other hotels, hospitals, and other public accomodations were white only. (Black doctors weren’t allowed in white hospitals, for example) When Duke Ellington, Paul Robinson, or Lena Horne came to Detroit, they stayed in the black-run Gotham Hotel, located just a few blocks to the north in Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood. If the city’s loan from HUD goes through, the Book-Cadillac will reopen in 2006 with 450 rooms and 83 condominiums on upper floors.

Author: Rob