Early Detroit Black Physicians | The Thomas Family

Dr. Alfred E. Thomas Sr., Dr. Alfred E. Thomas Jr. & Mr. Sam H. Thomas

Dr Alfred Thomas Hospital 1

Edyth K. Thomas Hospital, Detroit, MI

Thomas Family Hospitals, 1931

Thomas Family Hospitals

Read a newspaper article about it here. See the brochure here. Brochure courtesy of the Detroit Public Library, Burton Historical Collection.

Dr. Alfred Thomas Bio, NMA 1971

Dr. Alfred Thoms Sr. Buys Mid-West

Mrs. Lavinia F. Thomas

Dr. Alfred Thomas Insurance Agency.1941

Dr Alfred Thomas Sr., Savings & Loan, 1961

Dr. Alfred Thomas Civil Rights 2

Dr. Alf Thomas Dies

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Latest Jewelry Designs

More Adventures In Jewelry Making

I made these pieces for myself. Imperial Blue Jasper and Leather Necklace Set, a Silver Plate Skull & Stone Ring Chain Bracelet (Faceted Tear Drop Amethyst), a throw back 1970’s Leather, Turquoise and Sea Shell Wrap Choker and a Turquoise and Silver Plate Eleven Ancestors Mantra Chain.

UPDATE: More stuff for me! I’m making a black leather Gri-Gri Bag with assorted semi-precious stones, glass seed beads, purple yarn and silver plate findings. I will place a love charm bundle at the bottom of the finished bag. I made an African & Native American inspired soft (Ancestor) cuff. The extra large cuff is made of a fabric and burlap base, sealed watercolor or marker design, various charms, semi-precious stones, sea shell shapes, glass, silver plate chain and beads. It’s finished with silver plate wire attached inside a fabric and felt sleeve and silver faux leather backing. The other cuffs will be less ornate than mine. Lastly, I finished my Skull and Stone Ring Chain Bracelet with clasp side charms.

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A Message From The Universe

On Sunday morning 4/8/2018, as soon as I opened my eyes I heard the words Vesper Alloy. I pondered a second about what those words meant. I said to myself, “That sounds strange, who or what is Vesper Alloy?”

I researched the word Vesper.

  •  The word Vesper is defined as evening, supper, evening star and west. Vesper also represents the Roman equivalent of the Greek demigod Hesperus

I researched Hesperus and found that he is the evening star, the planet Venus in the evening.

  • Venus is the second planet from the Sun and is the second brightest planet in the night sky, after the moon
  • Venus is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty and is the second largest terrestrial planet, often referred to as Earth’s sister planet
  • Venus has a central iron core and a rocky mantle. The weather on Venus is hot and fiery, due to high levels of carbon dioxide. Also, the atmosphere contains small amounts of Nitrogen and the clouds are made of sulfuric acid

I immediately found my astrology birth chart and discovered that Venus is in my 5th house. I then researched the metaphysical and esoteric meaning of Venus in my birth chart.

  • Venus rejoices in my 5th house where joy, delight and dance reside, which is a unique and significant relationship. Having Venus in my birth chart epitomizes my individual ability to celebrate love and more profoundly to celebrate life. The word celebrate pertains to observing and performing rites, festivities, ceremonies and commemorating events
  • Jupiter and Venus, the two benefic planets, rejoice in opposing houses and are considered the most financially fortunate in a birth chart, even by modern astrologers
  • Those born with Venus in their 5th house are naturally joyful souls who take delight in many pleasures that a life on Earth has to offer
  • In my birth chart, Venus is also the cosignificator of the 5th house, after the planet  ruling the sign at the beginning of that house. NOTE: A cosignificator is any planet which is naturally associated with another in the ruler-ship of a faculty or matter under consideration. I need to learn more about this
  • The word Venusian describes something or someone who is beautiful, easy going or pleasure seeking
  • The word Venerate means to revere or solicit the good will of a God or goddess, but in its original sense means to desire, which is a Venus keyword
  • Venus governs laughter, humor and pleasure and rules Friday
  • When Venus is emphasized in a human birth chart, the person is alluring, charismatic and has sex appeal
  • The elemental metal Copper is ruled or governed by Venus and many copper compounds are a beautiful blue or green color. The Alloys of Copper are brass and bronze
    • Brass is the generic term for a range of copper-zinc alloys with differing combinations of properties including strength, machinability, ductility, wear resistancehardness, color, electrical and thermal conductivity and corrosion resistance
    • Bronze is a tin alloy of copper which is harder than either of the alloy metal ingredients. It is extremely strong and resistant to atmospheric corrosion

On Tuesday 4/3/2018 I began listening to the book The Power of Concentration by Theron Q. Dumont. I was drawn to the book, because the mind is my main mode of working magic or bringing about manifestation. I took notes on the most interesting topics within the first six chapters. The bullet points below are about willpower.

  • The use of willpower is the gathering together of mental energy. The concentration of power at one point, goal or intention
  • You don’t have to develop willpower if you constantly use what you have
  • The way you use your will determines your fate. Your life is molded to a great extent by the use you make of your willpower
  • The person who doesn’t learn to use his will rarely decides things for himself. And, due to constant fluctuations, he allows others to direct his path
  • A resolute demand is the first step to getting what you want
  • The power of the mental demand is absolute and it’s supply is limitless
  • The mental demand is a projection of concentrated power, causing the manifestation of the conditions and opportunity necessary to accomplish the purpose
  • Never let your mental demand falter by entertaining doubt, this lack of conviction weakens the force of your mental energy which is hard to regain
  • You must hold steadfastly to your mental demand until your need is supplied
  • With the right mental attitude in accordance with your ability you can gain success
  • Remain forever dissatisfied with what you are doing and what you have accomplished
  • Believe that there is nothing impossible for you to accomplish

The next day I created affirmations using the clause I can, I will and I must…, about the things I’ve been working to manifest. I worked them like a 9 to 5! No matter what I was doing, I spoke my affirmations, visualized my results and felt the exuberance of accomplishment. The more I did it the easier it got. On Saturday 4/7/2018, I watched

a live-stream lecture entitled, Is My Magic Working??, by Brother Jamal of the Gnosis You Tube channel and Masters Of The Cosmos website. His lecture stressed 5 important points to effectively work your magic.

  1. Knowledge – The greater knowledge you have of yourself and your capabilities, the greater your foundation to do more. You must do your research, because knowledge begets confidence
  2. Confidence in your approach – The more in-depth your knowledge, the greater are your options to effectively apply to your magic
  3. Execution – There is no set formula, but you must have a means to work your magic. You may set up an ancestor alter, use a vision board, daily meditation, the power of your concentration and more
  4. Faith/Patience – When the result seems slow in coming, it has no bearing upon your ability. Time is a construct and your answer will not conform to it’s rules
  5. Acceptance – When you put a demand on the universe it must answer. You must be perceptive in the recognition of your answer. The magician is always tuned in and open to whatsoever way the answer presents itself. You will not be waiting so very long for your result if you are looking and listening for it outside of the mundane

Had I not looked for more effective ways to focus and boost my process of manifestation, then work that information and stay tuned in; I would’ve likely missed or ignored this very special message from the universe. It might not mean much to most, but it shows me that the universe has ears and is listening. I got several tantalizing clues proving that the universe has a lot to say and so much to give. I truly believe my magic is working. I leave you with this, you must have the willpower to do and the eyes and ears to see and hear how the universe is working to enrich your life. By all means, work your magic!

You can search the book, The Power of Concentration here. You can listen to the lecture, Is My Magic Working?? here. Check out Brother Jamal at Masters Of The Cosmos.

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C. Rae Art | Paper Collage

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C. Rae Art | Graphic Collage

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C. Rae Art | Graphic Collage

Piscis Graphic Collage, 2-28-2018

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39 Seconds | “The Greatest Colored Pitcher in the World.”

The John Donaldson Story

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This film will tell his story and restore his place in American history.

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Celebrating Black History 2018

My Amazing Ancestors

The Binga Family

William W. Binga | 3rd Great Grandfather

Binga Row, S.W. Corner of Hastings at Rowena (Now Mack Ave.), abt. 1890 2

  • Born into slavery in Greenupsburg, Greenup, KY |1817 – 1890
  • Escapes slavery from Newport, Campbell, Kentucky in 1836 with extended family and friends
  • Fought along with his cousins under the leadership of Josiah Henson to protect Windsor, Ontario, CA in the Rebellion of 1837 & 38
  • William settles in Detroit, MI in 1844, marries Adelphia Seymour-Powers and has a large family
  • He works as a barber and property owner who builds two multi-unit row houses known as Binga Row. Read about it here

Some of the locations William W. Binga worked as a barber in Detroit, 1840’s & 50’s.

Binga Row tenement locations, William Binga’s last home in Detroit (Beaubien St. at Ohio), barbershop locations 1870’s – 80’s and slave plantation locations.

Moses William Binga – Son of William W. Binga & Adelphia Powers – 3rd Great Uncle

  • Born free in Detroit, Wayne, MI 1851| Death Unknown
  • Moses works as a barber and hostler (likely moving locomotives in and out of the roundhouse)
  • Moses is an inventor who keeps a shed on St. Antoine Street in Detroit to work on mechanical projects
  • He marries and relocates to Cincinnati, OH, having two daughters
  • Moses invents street sprinkling apparatus that is patented on July 22, 1879

Martha Binga, Gordon, Winchester – Daughter of William W. Binga & Adelphia Powers – 3rd Great Aunt

  • Born free in Detroit, Wayne, MI | 1856 – 1936
  • She works as a tailoress/seamstress in Michigan and St. Paul, MN
  • shortly after the death of her first husband, Martha marries John Randolph Winchester and the couple relocates to Chicago, IL
  • Upon arrival in Chicago, John works as a janitor and Martha is an astrologer and fortune teller who publishes a monthly horoscope magazine and cookbook with tips for life and household management
  • Martha and John establish a successful real estate brokerage firm and loan office
  • Martha is the first African-American woman to establish an employment agency in Chicago, IL, and in 1909 assists 7,000 people in obtaining employment

Jesse Binga – Son of William W. Binga & Adelphia Powers – 3rd Great Uncle

  • Born free in Detroit, Wayne, MI | 1865 – 1950
  • Jesse assists his parents in their respective business ventures as a child and young adult, later working as a barber
  • He drops out of high school and for two years studies constitutional law while working as a paralegal, with African-American attorney Thomas R. Crisup
  • He travels the western territory between 1885 and 1893 as an itinerant barber, Pullman porter and real estate speculator.
  • His parents, wife Frances Scott-Binga and son Bethune D. Binga join him in St. Paul, MN in the late 1880’s
  • He settles in Chicago, IL in 1893, establishing a fancy fruit and vegetable business at 12th and Michigan Avenue, from which he operates a shoe shine stand and huckster wagon.
  • The Binga’s divorce, Frances and Bethune return to her hometown Chatham Kent, Ontario, CA
  •  In the late 1890’s, Binga establishes the J. C. Binga & Co. realty enterprise
  • By 1907, known as a defiant “block buster” Jesse Binga becomes a prosperous Chicago real estate broker offering rental units, real estate, loans, insurance, lease negotiation, property exchange and property management services
  • After nearly a decade of dogged determination and controversial business dealings, Jesse Binga becomes a noted businessman who’s often referred to as a financier, capitalist and real estate mogul
  • In 1908, he founds the first African-American owned bank in the northern United States (Jesse Binga Banker, Private Bank).
  • In late October of 1910, Binga closes a 30 year leasehold agreement on a block of storefront apartment buildings with capitalist Henry Botsford.  Located on State between 47th and 48th Streets, the formidable income property is promptly dubbed Binga Block, a holding of 26 stores and 54 flats and by 1920 he owns the massive structure.
  • In 1912, Jesse Binga marries wealthy socialite Ms. Eudora Johnson, the sister of John “Mushmouth” Johnson.
  • Later, with financial help from his wife and obtaining a State charter he opens the Binga State Bank in 1921
  • Jesse Binga builds the Binga State Bank and Binga Arcade buildings

Binga Private and State Banks:

Eudora Johnson, Johnson Family Home, Brother John “Mushmouth” Johnson & Mother Ellen Johnson.

Binga Real Estate, building construction and Associated Business Club & Exchange.

William H. Binga – Son of Joshua Binga & Lucia Benjamin – 1 Cousin 4X Removed

  • Born in Detroit, MI  | 1869 – 1950
  • William is a phenomenal outfielder, adept at all defensive positions and a dependable batter
  • His athletic skill and defensive performance capabilities provide him membership on several famous Negro League teams including Chicago, Philadelphia and Minneapolis
  • The Indianapolis Freeman refers to William H. Binga as, “the only third sacker (baseman) and surest hitter in the country”
  • After signing with the Page Fence Giants, the Jackson Daily Citizen dubs Binga “the colored phenomenon of baseball”

Read the HOUR Magazine article about the Negro League Baseball Grave Marker Project, bestowing William H. Binga’s gravestone in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Cotillier Family

John Cotillier Jr. & William H. Cotillier – Sons of John Cotillier Sr. & Elizabeth Berry – 3rd Great Uncles

  • John Jr. born a free Negro in Richmond, Henrico, VA | 1843 – 1915
  • William born a free Negro in Pennsylvania | 1852 – 1889
  • Arriving in Detroit, MI in 1865 John Jr. works as a painter and by 1870 he’s a cook on board a Detroit river boat
  • During the 1880’s John Jr. and brother William  H. Cotillier operate a restaurant, boarding house and barbershop across from the F & P M Rail Road Depot in Saginaw, MI
  • In the 1880 Census, William H. Cotillier is listed at 403 Potter Street with his wife Mary Catherine, one servant, 2 barbers and 8 other boarders

The restaurant/boarding house is to the right of the large brick buildings across the street from the railroad yard.

Elizabeth Cotillier, Butler, Palmer – Daughter of Thomas B. Cotillier & Adelaide Binga – 2nd Great Aunt

  • Elizabeth is born free in Detroit, Wayne, MI | 1863 – 1940
  • She marries civil war veteran, cook and saloonist Charles A. Butler in 1889
  • She works along with her husband serving food and drinks at 78 E. Fort Street in Detroit. Wayne, MI
  • In 1890 they purchase a three story building at 63 Atwater East, operating a lodging house and restaurant (It is also their home)
  • Charles dies in 1894 and Elizabeth sells the lodging house/restaurant to the owners of the Saloon next door. 63 Atwater E. becomes Union House.
  • Sometime between 1895 & 1896, Elizabeth purchases another lodging house with Saloon at 221 Atwater East (It is also her home)

The 63 Atwater lodging house is to the right, just behind the larger Lawrence Hotel. The 221 Atwater Lodging house is across from the railroad yard.

James Charles Cotillier Sr. – Son of Thomas B. Cotillier & Adelaide Binga – 2nd Great Uncle

  • Born in East Saginaw, Saginaw, MI | 1880 – 1946
  • James worked as a day laborer, stock-man, salt packer, chef, machinist, locksmith, Insurance agent and real estate employee
  • While living in Detroit, MI James writes the music and lyrics to the song “The Fighting Yankee Boys” and has it published on July 23, 1919
  • In 1923, James marries Bessie Cantey in Chicago, IL and in 1928 their son James C. Cotillier Jr. is born
  • James and Bessie operate a hardware store at 4451 South State Street in Chicago, IL

The Robinson Family

William Alfred Robinson – Son of Robert L. Robinson & Charlotte Binga – First Cousin 3X Removed

  • Born in Saginaw, MI | 1870 – 1952
  • He attends Saginaw public schools and graduates from the law school at Howard University
  • For 21 years, William works with The Department of the Interior as a clerk for the United States Pension Office, while also practicing law
  • He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia on July 31, 1893, at the age of 23. Ten years later, he is admitted to practice in the Court of Appeals (same place) on February 5, 1903
  • William marries Harriet M. Gardner, also a lawyer, on April 4, 1904 in Washington, DC
  • He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States of America on December 16, 1908
  • In December of 1914, he travels to Chicago, IL to establish a second law office
  • Later, William and Harriet operate law and real estate offices and later purchase a home at 2925 S. Wabash Ave. in Chicago, IL
  • In 1919, he’s selected as part of a group of elite black Chicago professionals, for the incorporation and State charter of Binga Bank
  • In 1921, he is elected to the board of directors of Binga State Bank
  • He remains in Chicago for the rest of his life, having large property holdings and conducting a law practice
  • At the time of his death, he is the oldest practicing African-American attorney in Chicago, IL

The Binga Family Self-Emancipation/Slavery Escape

• Anthony Binga Sr. was born a slave in about 1817 on the Bucknel Plantation in Greenupsburg, Greenup County, Kentucky. Anthony’s immediate family included his father Daniel Binga Sr., mother and three children. His older brother’s name was Daniel Binga Jr. and his sister’s name was Hannah Binga (mother’s name unknown).
• Sometime in 1822, 5 year old Anthony, his mother and two siblings were sold to Gen. James Taylor Jr. owner of the Bellevue Plantation in Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky. Anthony recalled that he and his family were well treated by both masters, but that he always desired to be free.
During the summer of 1836, Anthony and his brother Daniel Binga Jr. were sent to do business for General Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. Just outside of Louisville Daniel Jr. found a purse on the road containing $500 dollars. Over the next few months, during weekend family visits and camp meetings the Binga family and friend Horace Hawkins planned their escape.
• Mr. James Williams, an acquaintance of Daniel Binga Jr. living in Cincinnati, OH purchased provisions for the journey, including a team of horses, a wagon, weapons and a jug of whiskey.
• The group of 15 people escapes slavery: Daniel Binga Sr., wife and 3 children – 5, William W. Binga, an unnamed cousin and their families – 7, Horace Hawkins and his sister – 2, and Wash Burgess -1
In late September of 1836, the group obtained passes to attend a camp meeting, but instead embarked upon their escape from slavery. The group met a ferryman at the banks of the Ohio River who took them across to Cincinnati where the wagon team awaited. The first night they swiftly drove the wagon team 50 miles northeast to Springfield, Ohio. After watering the horses and foraging for food, they moved on to Columbus, Ohio where the horses gave out. They promptly purchased another wagon team from a Quaker farmer for ten dollars, moving on to Sandusky, Ohio. Their arrival at Sandusky had taken three days travel time.
On the fourth day they boarded the steamboat Michigan, operated by Captain Willibur who took them to Toledo, Ohio where the steamboat ran aground. On the sixth day, the group transferred to the steamboat Phoebus soon arriving at the port of Amherstburg, Ontario to a crowd rejoicing as they disembarked to freedom.

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C. Rae Art | Graphic Collage

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Tokyo James + Vilisco = Menswear

The new Africa Collection



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