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 Charles Coles Diggs Sr.

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Charles Coles Diggs Sr.

Birth
Mississippi, USA
Death 25 Apr 1967 (aged 72–73)
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial Warren, Macomb County, Michigan, USA
Plot D R2 Grave #4
Memorial ID 92332740 View Source
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Charles Diggs Sr., was a Michigan State Senator, first elected in 1936. A Mortician, he was the founder of Detroit Memorial Park Cemetery in Warren, Michigan, which was founded in response to widespread discrimination against African-American Detroiters by white-owned cemeteries.

When he was caught up in a legislative bribery scandal in 1944, his political career came to a grinding halt. Upon his release from prison in 1950, Diggs Sr. sought to reclaim his position in the State legislature. He won his election bid, but in an unprecedented move, the Republican-controlled Michigan Senate refused to seat him and another member-elect because of their criminal records. Outraged by the events that prevented Charles Diggs Sr. from resuming his political career, Charles Diggs Jr. (who is buried near him, D R2 Grave #3) interrupted his studies at the Detroit School of Law to enter the special election for his father's seat. Charles Diggs Jr. thus won the election and would go on to serve in the Michigan Senate for three years before setting his sights on the United States Congress, which Charles Diggs Jr. won in 1954, becoming Michigan's first African-American Congressman. Charles Diggs Sr.is buried next to his wife, Mayme Ethel Jones Diggs, who is buried next to their son, Charles Diggs Jr.


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  • Created by: Steven Bieda
  • Added: 21 Jun 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 92332740
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/92332740/charles-coles-diggs : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Coles Diggs Sr. (1894–25 Apr 1967), Find a Grave Memorial ID 92332740, citing Detroit Memorial Park East, Warren, Macomb County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Steven Bieda (contributor 46759925) .