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January 12, 2008

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my Detroit Junior High School was named after Mettetal. Odd, he fought and died in the CW fighting for emancipation of the slaves and when Coleman Young took over Detroit they changed my Jr. High School name to a "black" name.

My ancestor, RIP Emile

Actually Mettetal is named on the passenger list of the General Lyon in the NY Times April 14 1865 as Sgt. E. Mettetal, 24th Mich. C. This does not prove he was on the General Lyon - only that his name was on a list of paroled prisoners who were to travel on that steamer.

A previous writer claimed that his junior high school had it's name changed when Coleman Young became Mayor. None of his claims are supported by the facts. Mettetal Junior High School was named after Eugenia Mettetal who donated the land for the school. The change in name from Mettetal Junior High School to Ludington Magnet Middle School reflected a change in purpose, programs and agenda. The school was named after Ivan Ludington whose family was a loyal supporter public schools and administration. Ivan Ludington was white.

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I entered kindergarten at Mettetal Elementary School in 1954. It was a 4 room school. The big bay windowed room facing Edinborough Street was the room for the kindergarten. I believe the addition (two story) opened next year 55 because I remember having my 1st grade class on the 2nd floor. I played a lot of baseball and football on the playground of Mettetal. I was sorry it lost it's name and wonder if it was ever sold and for what purpose. Some good Michigan pine went into that original structure.

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