November 11, 1944: 'Detroit mourns death of Rev. William Peck'

On this day in 1944, the Michigan Chronicle reports on the death of the Rev. William H. Peck, pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church since 1928.

Peck died the previous Sunday at Harper Hospital after a short illness. He was 65.

He founded the Booker T. Washington Trade Association in 1930. The paper’s editorial reads: “We cannot measure his contribution to the spiritual and temporal well being of our citizenry. He worked not for credit nor glory, but for the fulfillment of a mission which he felt called upon to carry forward as a man of God.”

Rev. William Peck

Ken Coleman

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.