In 1967 Mayor Floyd McCree, resigned his appointed position, stating, “I refuse to live an equal opportunity lie.” He did so in protest of the city commission’s defeat of an open housing ordinance. For despite his status as the first African American mayor of a large American city, McCree inhabited what had become one of the most racially segregated cities in America. Understanding Flint’s history means understanding how its built environment and communities developed along highly racialized lines.
Using objects and images from the museum’s collection, the exhibition explores how segregationist policies and practices influenced the development of Flint’s neighborhoods. It also explores efforts to wrest the city free from discriminatory housing practices. An Equal Opportunity Lie will close May 27, 2018.
Sloan Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Ticket prices are:
Adult, $9; Senior (60+), $8; Youth (age 2-11), $6; Age 1 & under, FREE; Members, FREE.
It is located at 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan and the phone # is (810) 237-3450.