Grant to expand historic district around Ossian Sweet home

DETROIT (AP) - A $500,000 National Park Service grant has been awarded to Detroit to expand a historic district around a home central to the fight against housing segregation and discrimination.

The city says the funds also will help preserve two houses adjacent to the former home of Dr. Ossian Sweet to foster public education about racial discrimination in housing.

Sweet was a black obstetrician who was arrested in 1925 along with his wife, his brother and others after a mob began throwing rocks at his home in a white neighborhood. A white man was shot to death.

Sweets' trial ended in a deadlocked jury, and his brother was acquitted. Defense attorney Clarence Darrow argued that Sweet had a right to protect his home from the mob.