Historic Jackson House Travels from Selma to Detroit

A utility truck lifts a power line so a semi hauling the Jackson house can pass under it

Wolfe House Mover’s 800-mile relocation of the historic Jackson House is underway this week, as crews move the house from Selma, Alabama, to Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford. The house, owned by Dr. and Mrs. Sullivan Jackson, was a central location for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s. The Jacksons’ daughter has asked The Henry Ford to preserve the house and make its history accessible to a broader audience through Greenfield Village. After restoration, it will be open to the public for tours alongside other historic buildings like the Wright brothers’ family home, Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, and the George Washington Carver cabin.

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