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Ypsi History

The stories of Ypsilanti

Melvin Parson

Melvin Parson, a Detroit Native who came to Washtenaw County in 2004 has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and an Associates degree in Human Services from Washtenaw Community College. Melvin and Aaron Suganuma co-founded a...

Patricia Wells

Patricia Wells was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She is proud to be from an historical Afro-American community in Northwest Detroit. She retired from the State of Michigan, Wayne County Circuit Court in the City of Detroit. She has experience as a Master...

Versel Jones

Versel Jones is a husband and father, who was born in Jackson, Mississippi and educated in the Mississippi public school district, moving to Washtenaw County in 1975. Versel worked for the city of Ypsilanti for 13 years as a Concrete finisher and as a truck driver for...

Lisa Bashert

Lisa Bashert, born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, had very early interactions within agriculture, working on her sister’s truck farm from the age of 10 to 20 years old and harvesting a variety of crops. Lisa came to Ypsilanti in 1985, obtaining her bachelors in...

Linda Mealing

Linda (Gibbs) Mealing lived in Willow Run Village (now Ypsi Township) until the age of 7. Her family moved to the city of Ypsilanti and she graduated from Ypsi High School. She began gardening at the age of 7, and has devoted many years of working in her home...