Orsel McGhee House

Registered Site L0486

Orsel McGhee House

In 1944 the Orsel McGhees, a black family, moved here into what was then an all-white neighborhood. A neighboring family won a court order revoking the McGhees' purchase of the house on the basis of a restrictive covenant forbidding non-white residents . The McGhees, aided by the NAACP and represented by Thurgood Marshall appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court's 1948 decision in favor of the McGhees upheld the principle of freedom of discrimination in the enjoyment of property rights.
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Erected 1983

Location: 4626 Seebaldt St
Detroit, Wayne County

Black History
Historic Homes

Latitude: 42.355712, Longitude: -83.117964

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