Andrew J. Blackbird / Mack-e-te-be-nesey Historical

Andrew J. Blackbird / Mack-e-te-be-nesey Historical (HM1U8C)

Location: Harbor Springs, MI 49740 Emmet County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 25.827', W 84° 59.086'

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c. 1815 - 1908

—2007 Lansing Michigan Walk of Fame Inductee —

Educated first in Odawa (Ottawa) skills and traditions, Andrew J. Blackbird struggled to find the resources to attend Euro-American schools. He eventually studied at Ypsilanti State Normal School. His command of English enabled him to work as an interpreter for the Mackinac Indian Agency. He helped gain Michigan citizenship for Native Americans under the 1850 Constitution and became Postmaster of Harbor Springs in the 1860's. Blackbird also helped widows and children of Civil War soldiers obtain benefits. His "History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan", published in 1867, includes a grammar of the Odawa language and his autobiography [was o]ne of the first written by a Native American.
HM NumberHM1U8C
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Date Added Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 657637 N 5032745
Decimal Degrees45.43045000, -84.98476667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 25.827', W 84° 59.086'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 25' 49.62" N, 84° 59' 5.16" W
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Area Code(s)231, 616
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 368 E Main St, Harbor Springs MI 49740, US
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