Redford’s 1st Black Police Officer

When Charles Bradley moved from Southern California to Detroit when he was 12, the thought of becoming a police officer wasn't on his radar just yet (<----see what I did there?). In fact, it didn't even cross his mind in high school or when he started college at Wayne State University for teaching. But one … Continue reading Redford’s 1st Black Police Officer

From Redford Farm to Henry Ford Museum

Do you ever wonder how one event could change the course of history? I do this all the time. Like, what if my grandfather would have died in World War II? What if Michael Jordan would have never picked up a basketball? What if Henry Ford would have never worked on a farm in Redford? … Continue reading From Redford Farm to Henry Ford Museum

Board Members

Meet Your RTHC Board Members "Mac" MacDermaid Vice Chair (view full bio here) Favorite photo or artifact in the museum Current research topics, projects, and events Centennial Homes project The Lahser family Redford Cemetery Walk Movie in the Cemetery Favorite place in Redford Redford Cemetery Number of years in Redford Since 2012 Board member since... … Continue reading Board Members

An Early Redford Doctor and Holcomb Elementary

When construction began on Holcomb Elementary School in 1925, it sat within the boundaries of Redford Township. Before it opened in 1926, however, it became part of Detroit Schools. The school was named for Samuel Drayton Holcomb, who was born in North Pelham, Ontario in 1857. Samuel married Annie Winn Lackie in 1880, and around that … Continue reading An Early Redford Doctor and Holcomb Elementary

The Fisher Family and Fisher Elementary School

 In the mid-1800s, Redford had 10 school districts. As rail construction attracted more and more residents to the area after the turn of the century, District 9 decided it was time to replace and improve upon its small wooden schoolhouse. The District bought an acre of land from Eugenius and Abigail Hodge for $100. Eugenius Hodge … Continue reading The Fisher Family and Fisher Elementary School