Wealtha Sherman


Photo Courtesy of Matt Siegfried

Wealtha Sherman was born Wealtha Johnston around 1850 into a community of free blacks and fugitives from slavery in Owen Sound, Canada. After the Civil War, her family returned to the United States arriving in Ypsilanti sometime after 1870. Wealtha became a leading member of Ypsilanti’s African American community. As such, Wealtha organized drives to get neighborhood resources to those in need. A life-long member of the A.M.E Church, Wealtha was instrumental in the construction of the Brown Chapel on South Adams Street, completed in 1904.The stained-glass window in the Church pictured here commemorates her contribution and dedication to Ypsilanti.


Marshall, Albert Prince. Unconquered souls : the history of the African American in Ypsilanti.

Ypsilanti. Marlan Publishers, 1993.

Marshall, Albert Prince. Brown Chapel : African Methodist Episcopal Church of Ypsilanti, Michigan, a brief history. Ypsilanti, 1979.

Vertical Files, Black History Collection, Ypsilanti Historical Society.

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