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Catalog Number 2009.066.131
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Black and white photo of the Michigan Historic Site plaque honoring the birthplace of Nobel laureate and former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche. The plaque in the kitchen of the Detroit Historical Museum, presumably near the time of its unveiling at the museum in 1972. The plaque reads:

Undersecretary-General of the United Nations for the final sixteen years of his life, Ralph Bunche, grandson of a slave, was born in this neighborhood of Detroit on August 7, 1904, and lived here for the first decade of his life. Following the death of his parents in 1915, he spent the rest of his childhood in the West. After a brilliant career in political science at Harvard, Bunche collaborated in the late 1930s with Gunnar Myrdal in his monumental study of racism in America. Entering government service during World War II, he joined the State Department and was active in drafting the charter of the United Nations. Bunche's success as a UN mediator after the Arab-Israeli war of 1948 won for him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950. He died in New York on December 9, 1971.
Michigan Historical Commission Registered State Site No. 363. Property of the State of Michigan. 1972,
Erected by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Detroit Chapter, and the Detroit Historical Society, February 20, 1972.
Date 1972
People Bunche, Ralph J.
Print size 3.375" x 4.25"
Dimension Details 2 near-duplicates with same Object ID
Collection Detroit Historical Society
Search Terms Historical Markers
Michigan Historical Markers
Plaques