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Harbor Springs in Emmet County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Andrew J. Blackbird / Mack-e-te-be-nesey

c. 1815 - 1908

 

2007 Lansing Michigan Walk of Fame Inductee

 
Andrew J. Blackbird / Mack-e-te-be-nesey Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 25, 2016
1. Andrew J. Blackbird / Mack-e-te-be-nesey Marker
Inscription.

Educated first in Odawa (Ottawa) skills and traditions, Andrew J. Blackbird struggled to find the resources to attend Euro-American schools. He eventually studied at Ypsilanti State Normal School. His command of English enabled him to work as an interpreter for the Mackinac Indian Agency. He helped gain Michigan citizenship for Native Americans under the 1850 Constitution and became Postmaster of Harbor Springs in the 1860's. Blackbird also helped widows and children of Civil War soldiers obtain benefits. His "History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan", published in 1867, includes a grammar of the Odawa language and his autobiography [was o]ne of the first written by a Native American.

 
Location. 45° 25.827′ N, 84° 59.086′ W. Marker is in Harbor Springs, Michigan, in Emmet County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 119) west of Judd Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 368 East Main Street, Harbor Springs MI 49740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Andrew J. Blackbird House / Makade Binisii Wegamik (here, next to this marker); Ephraim Shay (within shouting distance of this marker);
Andrew J. Blackbird / Mack-e-te-be-nesey Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 25, 2016
2. Andrew J. Blackbird / Mack-e-te-be-nesey Marker
On building wall, between windows
GR&I Railroad Depot (approx. mile away); World Wars Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Little Traverse Bay (approx. 3.9 miles away); Library (approx. 3.9 miles away); Post Office (approx. 3.9 miles away); Lombard Post No. 170 G.A.R. Memorial (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Harbor Springs.
 
Also see . . .
1. Andrew J. Blackbird at Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan, by Blackbird (1887). (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Andrew J. Blackbird Museum. (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on September 8, 2016.
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