Bunche, Ralph J., Birthplace Informational Site
Intersection of Fort and Junction streets, Detroit - Wayne County
Significant Person Ralph J. Bunche
Marker Name Birthplace of Dr. Ralph J. Bunche
Marker Text BIRTHPLACE OF DR. RALPH J. BUNCHE Under Secretary-General of the United Nations for the final sixteen years of his life, Ralph Bunche, grandson of a slave, was born in this neighborhood of Detroit on August 7, 1904, and lived here for the first decade of his life. Following the death of his parents in 1915, he spent the rest of his childhood in the West. After a brilliant career in political science at Harvard, Bunche collaborated in the late 1930s with Gunnar Myrdal in his monumental study of racism in America. Entering government service during World War II, he joined the State Department and was active in drafting the charter of the United Nations. Bunche's success as a UN mediator after the Arab-Israeli war of 1948 won for him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950. He died in New York on December 9, 1971.
Period of Significance 1901-1930
Significant Date(s) 1904
Registry Type(s) 04/27/1972 Marker erected
02/11/1972 State Register listed
Site ID# P25033