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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

Floyd Skinner

Floyd Skinner


Floyd Skinner graduated from the University of Michigan in 1926 and continued his legal career in Grand Rapids, believing in the power of legal action in securing civil rights. He was the founder of the Progressive Voter's League in the 1930s and worked to integrate African Americans into work places previously closed to them. In 1951 he was elected president of the local chapter of the NAACP. He served five terms as president.


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TitleFloyd Skinner

Title by cataloger. As young law student, Floyd Skinner assisted Oliver Green when he first filed suit against the Keith Theatre for refusing to seat him.

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids, MI.
CollectionBlack History Exhibit Collection #113, History and Special Collection Dept.

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InstitutionGrand Rapids Public Library
Physical Storage LocationGrand Rapids, MI.

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