Lewis College of Business

Lewis College of Business (HM1LAO)

Location: Detroit, MI 48202 Wayne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 21.713', W 83° 3.884'

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This Colonial Revival structure was built in 1910 for James F. Murphy, Treasurer of the Murphy Chair Company and a future director of the Murphy-Potter Company. In 1941 it became the office of the Lewis College of Business. Violet T. Lewis had established the college in Indianapolis in 1929 to train black women for business careers. Ten years later the Detroit Chamber of Commerce invited her to open a school here. The college was located at this site from 1941 to 1976, when its expansion required more spacious quarters. In its first fifty years, it educated over 20,000 students. The United States Department of Education designated the Lewis College of Business a "Historically Black College" in 1987. It was the first college in the state to receive this designation.
Marker NumberL1565
Year Placed1988
Placed ByBureau of History, Michigan Department of State
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Date Added Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 329972 N 4692021
Decimal Degrees42.36188333, -83.06473333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 21.713', W 83° 3.884'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 21' 42.78" N, 83° 3' 53.04" W
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Area Code(s)313, 586
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5448-5498 John R St, Detroit MI 48202, US
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