On this day in 1959, construction begins on the first segment of the $54 million Chrysler Freeway in Detroit.
The groundbreaking takes place on Hastings Street at Macomb, the heart of the city’s oldest black business and residential district.
Ken Coleman, the author of On this Day: African-American Life in Detroit, is a native Detroiter and former news reporter. He served on the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. He lives in Detroit with his wife, Kim Trent, and their son, Jackson Coleman.