Capitol Park is the only city park in America where a state’s first governor is buried. It’s the birthplace of democracy in Michigan. Underground Railroad site. Streetcar and transit hub. Urban canyon.

A block north of Detroit’s iconic Coney Island restaurants. A symbol of the city’s late twentieth-century decay, now a key part of its revitalization in a new millennium.

Jack Dempsey, award-winning author of Michigan and the Civil War and president of the Michigan Historical Commission, uncovers tales of a uniquely inspirational public space that epitomizes the ups and downs of Detroit’s three centuries.

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