Images and history of the city
On September 8, 1925 Dr. Ossian Sweet bought a bungalow in a previously all-white section of Detroit. Later that week a crowd of over 500 gathered, throwing rocks and shouting "Get the n*****s". Shots were fired from inside the home, killing one man and wounding another. All were arrested and charges with first degree murder. Clarence Darrow and the NAACP's Walter White participated in their defense.
Ossian Sweet (October 30, 1895 – March 20, 1960) was a American physician. He is most notable for his self-defense in 1925 of his newly purchased home in a white neighborhood against a mob attempting to force him out of the neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan, and the subsequent acquittal by an all-white jury of murder charges against him, his family, and friends who helped defend his home, in what came to be known as the Sweet Trials.
This is the Apex Bar on Oakland Street in the Paradise Valley section of Detroit. It is a historic blues club where John Lee Hooker used to play when he came to Detroit. The inspiration for one his many hits ..."Boom Boom" ....came from his time here. I read also that the bar has the distinction of being "the cleanest bar in Detroit"!