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State renames building for two Michigan civil rights pioneers

Sep 21, 2020
daisy elliott holds papers posing in front of the Michigan Capitol
Courtesy of the Michigan History Center

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has formally dedicated a state office building with a new name that honors two civil rights pioneers.

The former Lewis Cass building in downtown Lansing is now the Elliott-Larsen Building.

It was 1823. The land of Michigan wasn’t yet a state. The indigenous people far outnumbered the white settlers. The Erie Canal hadn’t opened. The flood of European immigrants was yet to arrive.