Independent Historian

Valerie Bradley-Holliday’s Ph.D. is in social psychology from the Union Institute and University, her master’s degree is from Wayne State University, and her undergraduate double-majors are from Northern Michigan University.  As an independent researcher, she has authored “African American Homesteaders of Elmwood,” presented at Northern Michigan’s Sondregger Symposium and Marquette, Michigan’s Peter White Public Library.  She has authored, two books, Places to Be Blessed (about her life) and Northern Roots: African Descended Pioneers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  A resident of Marquette, Michigan, Valerie developed an affinity for researching the African Americans in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is completing a book-length manuscript about Elmwood, the only African American logging camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Jewel Plummer Cobb (1924- )

Jewel Plumber Cobb, a cell biologist and cancer researcher, was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 17, 1924 to Frank V. Plummer, a physician, and Carriebel (Cole) Plummer, a physical education teacher. An only child, Jewel Plummer began reading her father’s scientific journals to supplement … Read MoreJewel Plummer Cobb (1924- )

Elmwood, Michigan (1926-1929)

Beginning in the 1920s during the large scale African American migration to Chicago and other major American cities, Brown-Mitcheson, a Marinette, Wisconsin lumber company, began to recruit black workers through the Chicago Defender to land it owned on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.   The company offered cut-over … Read MoreElmwood, Michigan (1926-1929)