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Charles A. Hill Papers

Identifier: UP000227

Scope and Content

Important subjects are: Sojourner Truth Housing Project, Charles A. Hill, Jr., discharge, Lantz Hill interragation

Among the correspondents are: C.F. Palmer, Prentiss Brown, Thurgood Marshall, William R. Hood, John Dingell

Description of Series The Charles A. Hill Collection includes material arranged alphabetically for the years 1942-51. Correspondence, drafts of speeches, clippings and pamphlets are included.


  • 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. He has been a minister at the Hartford Baptist Church since 1920 and has actively participated in community affairs. Reverend Hill has been interested in labor unions and encouraged his parishioners who were employed at Ford 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. Reverend Hill has run for Common Council several times.


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Reverend Charles A. Hill 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.


Arranged in 1 series – Series 1 (Box 1). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of Charles A. Hill were deposited with the Labor History Archives in 5/10/67 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
Processed by MAB.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA