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SPIRIT OF DETROIT 60TH ANNIVERSARY OVERVIEW

The Spirit of Detroit was dedicated to the Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority (DWJBA) in 1958. The iconic sculpture located in front of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center on Jefferson Avenue celebrates its 60th Anniversary September 23, 2018.

The DWJBA is the owner and manager of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (CAYMC) and the steward of Spirit of Detroit. As the city's civic center, CAYMC houses City of Detroit and County of Wayne municipal offices, courts and departments. As the governing body, the three person DWJBA Commissioners are appointed by the legislative bodies Detroit City Council and Wayne County Commission.

SPIRIT OF DETROIT 60TH ANNIVERSARY FACTS & POINTS OF INTEREST

Artist: Marshall M. Fredericks

SPIRIT OF DETROIT TIMELINE JOURNEY

Other Timeline Milestones

  • 2006: The Spirit of Detroit underwent a restoration funded by foundations and other private donations.
  • 2008: $170,000 in restoration improvements were made in time for its 50th Anniversary. Restoration funds came primarily from operational savings and energy conservations.
  • 2011: Spirit of Detroit is featured in Chrysler 200 Super Bowl commercial, with entertainer Eminem.

The Sculpture Meaning

The City of Detroit and County of Wayne seals are prominently displayed in the symboled marble wall behind the sculpture.

"Built as a representation of the basic hope of humanity, emphasized the symbolism of progress for the city, the Spirit of Detroit endures forever."

In its left hand is the gilt bronze sphere emanating rays of hope to symbolize God. The people in the right hand represent a family being lifted up by the Spirit of Detroit.

As one of Detroit's most easily identifiable landmarks and destinations, a sketch of the sculpture appears as the central element on many logos of city of Detroit departments, programs, services, public service announcements and commercials.

An image of the sculpture appears on the "Spirit of Detroit Award" issued by the Detroit City Council to a person, event or organization being honored for an outstanding achievement or service to the residents and quality of life in the city of Detroit.

SPIRIT of DETROIT 60TH ANNIVERSARY PLANNED ACTIVITIES

July - August, 2018

Show Your Spirit! Online Selfie Photos;
Spirit of Detroit Jazz Quintet Performances

September 21, 2018

Spirit of Detroit 60th Anniversary celebration in front of the iconic sculpture;
Refreshments Speakers Music Photos;
Announcement of first annual Show Your Spirit! Arts competition to launch in the 2018 / 2019 school year for Detroit and Wayne County students.

SPIRIT OF DETROIT 60TH ANNIVERSARY PLANNING COMMITTEE

Christopher Collins, Detroit Jazz Festival
Jo Anne Mondowney, Detroit Public Library
Eunice Moore, Student Arts Competition Coordinator
Jessica Care-Moore, Black Women Rock
Frederick Morsches, Honigman, Miller, Schwartz & Cohn Law Firm
Sabrina Nelson, Detroit Institute of Arts/College for Creative Studies
Izegbe N’Namdi, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
Anthony Smith, Cass Technical High School
Beverly Watts, Wayne County Department of Public Services

Learn more about The Spirit of Detroit, its meaning and journey visit the links below:

Celebration Presented By The Detriot-Wayne Joint Building Authority Commissioners
Sharon Madison, Chairperson
Lugene Nelson, Secretary
Tom Scott, Treasurer

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