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"Inclination" | by John Mickevich
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This dilapidated house caught my eye right away on a recent drive thru Idlewild.


Idlewild Michigan was known as the "Black Eden" and was quite a community in its day. During the days of racial segregation in the United States, Idlewild was one of the few places in the entire country that African Americans were able to gather and form a community which they could call their own. Many great talents performed here and careers were launched here, including Della Reese, The Four Tops, Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, and many more.


In a great bit of irony, this thriving community declined drastically after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


Idlewild had a population of more than 20,000 during its heyday. Not much remains, but if you drive thru Idlewild or look at a map, you can see all of the streets and it is easy to believe that its population was that large at one time.


Taken on 2/7/2015 in Idlewild Michigan

Bronica ETRSi

Fuji Neopan Acros 100

Zenzanon E II 75mm f/2.8 lens



Orange filter

Developed in Kodak Xtol

Negative scanned with Epson V500


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Taken on February 7, 2015