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Charles A. Hill Papers

Identifier: UP000227

Scope and Content

The Charles A. Hill Papers comprise material regarding Hill's activities from 1942 to 1951. Correspondence, drafts of speeches, clippings and pamphlets are included. Important subjects include Sojourner Truth Housing Project, Charles A. Hill, Jr., discharge and Lantz Hill interrogation. Among the correspondents are C.F. Palmer, Prentiss Brown, Thurgood Marshall, William R. Hood and John Dingell.


  • 1942 - 1951


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


Charles A. Hill was born in Michigan in 1893. He became a minister at the Hartford Baptist Church in 1920 and actively participated in community affairs particularly regarding civil rights and labor. Reverend Hill was interested in labor unions and encouraged his parishioners who were employed at Ford Motor Company to unionize and later, in 1941, to strike. He was active in the Sojourner Truth Housing Project in 1942 and was a member of the committee that investigated the 1943 race riot. He was also a member of the Mayor's Interracial Committee and in 1942 was elected president of the Detroit Chapter of the NAACP. Reverend Hill ran for Detroit Common Council several times. Charles Hill died in 1970.


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Reverend Charles A. Hill (1893-1970) served as a Baptist minister in Detroit for many years. Interested in labor unions, he encouraged his parishioners (men employed by the Ford Motor Company) to unionize and, in 1941, to strike. He was active in the Sojourner Truth Housing Project in 1942 and was a member of the committee investigating the 1943 race riot in Detroit. These activities are covered in the papers, as is the Lantz Hill interrogation. Correspondents include Prentiss Brown, John Dingell, William R. Hood, Thurgood Marshall and C. F. Palmer. An oral history interview with Mr. Hill is available.


Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of Charles A. Hill were deposited with the Labor History Archives on May 10, 1967, by Reverend Charles Hill.

Related Materials

Relevant to Reverend Hill's material on Sojourner Truth, a Wayne State University thesis is available in the General Library. Jenkins, Bette Smith The racial policies of the Detroit Housing Commission and their policies. 1950 WSU - J-415B46

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by MAB on January 20, 1969.
Guide to the Charles A. Hill Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA