Wednesday, June 24, 2015

newly finished

Dr. Vince Murray, of Bagley Housing and Matrix Theater.
Gouache and collaged map of Bagley Housing in Southwest Detroit. 16 3/8 x 12 ½ in. Photographed at Stanton Park.

“One of the biggest mentors in my life has been my boss at Bagley Housing, Dr. Vincent Murray.”

Dr. Murray helped bring the community organization of Bagley Housing out of confusion in part by ousting 2 members of the board who also had ties to the nearby Ambassador Bridge. He believed those two individuals had sought positions on the board to keep the area disempowered for real estate interests. Shortly after their removal, the organization received grants to create new, affordable houses so people could relocate from places that did not have good housing. He has since retired and contributes as a board member of Matrix Theater and still believes that “every person matters.”

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