Eaton St N & S
Today North Eaton street connects Albion to Interstate 94.Before the Interstate arrived, farms and open spaces filled the space, whereautomobile oriented development stands today. Hotel, restaurant, and retailfranchises are abundant on North Eaton street, as well as automobile refuelingand repair stations.
If the street is followed south into Albion, some of thecity’s oldest homes are seen, then Eaton passes two blocks west of Albion’shistoric downtown.
From the start of black migration in the 1910s Eaton Street was the boundary that divided white and black residential areas in Albion. Many residents recount how strict segregation of housing made it impossible for black residents to find homes east of Eaton Street.
These conditions began to change with federal legislation in the 1960s to guarantee fair housing. Effects of earlier segregation continue to influence the city today, with a predominantly black west side and white east side (where the college is as well).
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