Dr. Ossian Sweet Educational Plaza


Shamori Whitt, Senior Parks Planner

Rayshaun Landrum, Associate Landscape Architect


Join us on Saturday, June 15th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at 2915 Garland St, for free food, fun, and learning as the City of Detroit and A/E Collaborative share exciting plans for a new plaza honoring the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.

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The City of Detroit General Services Department was awarded funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) to fund two initiatives pursuant to the development of a public space that commemorates and memorializes the history and legacy of Dr. Ossian Sweet and the influence of the events that unfolded in 1925: an outdoor Educational Plaza and Historic Interpretive Master Plan.

Concept Drawing of Educational Plaza
Educational Plaza site

The Educational Plaza adjacent to Dr. Sweet’s home will combine the area of the two (2) adjacent parcels: 2915 Garland and 2921 Garland. The total acreage of the new Educational Plaza will be approximately .2 acres.  General Services is working on the early stages of design for this project. 

Ossian Sweet Project Planning Area

A Historic Interpretive Master Plan encompasses all of the interactive learning elements (signage, QR codes)  that will be included in and associated with the Educational Plaza as well as site operations and maintenance. We will also be exploring site circulation and pedestrian safety.


Dr. Ossian Sweet is not only a significant African American figure in Detroit's history, his legacy extends across the Nation. The events of 1925 paved the way for equal opportunity in housing and the protection of civil liberties, regardless of race. While the scope of the Ossian Sweet Project has slightly changed since WXYZ produced this story in 2021,  the overall intent remains the same.  Please watch this 6-minute video about who Dr. Ossian Sweet was, what happened on the night of September 9, 1925, and why every American has benefitted from the struggles of the Sweet Family.



Click here to read the Official Historical Account of the Sweet Story
The Dr. Ossian Sweet House

The Dr. Ossian Sweet House, located at 2905 Garland Street, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a registered Michigan State Historical Site (#S0461).  Dr. Ossian Sweet, a prominent African American physician, purchased this home in what was an all-white Detroit neighborhood.   In 1925, the property became the site of a racial incident that resulted in a nationally publicized murder trial that significantly impacted the greater Civil Rights movement.  The House is privately owned & operated by the Ossian Sweet Foundation.

Dr Sweet


For more information:

National Park Service National Register of Historic Places

Detroit Historical Society: Encyclopedia of Detroit - Sweet, Ossian



Garland Birdeye