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Stories from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

Floyd J. McCree Legacy Fund

Appointed the first black mayor of a major metropolitan city in the United States, Floyd J. McCree was sworn into office as Mayor of the City of Flint in 1966. Historic for its time, Mayor McCree was also the first black mayor in Michigan. He was well-known for his leadership among United Auto Workers union membership at the Buick foundry. McCree was elected to the Flint City Commission who later appointed him as mayor. He served in that capacity from 1966-1968.

Called “the People’s Mayor,” McCree fought for adoption of a fair housing ordinance in Flint. Passed by a margin of only 43 votes, the ordinance allowed blacks to purchase homes in white neighborhoods. The first of its kind, Flint’s new housing standards set an example for other American cities to follow.

The McCree family wishes to honor Floyd J. McCree’s legacy through the creation of the Floyd J. McCree Legacy Fund. Founded by grandson Kyle McCree of Flint, the fund supports the creation and placement of a statue, along with future maintenance, educational, and programmatic support. The project strengthens the commitment and partnership of the Community Foundation and the City of Flint to Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation. Sharing histories of the city’s prominent black leaders promotes ongoing dialogue of our community’s past milestones.

Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley has commissioned a bronze statue of Floyd J. McCree to be placed on City Hall grounds. Mayor Neeley, along with Community Foundation leadership and McCree family members, invite others to join in this historically significant project.

An honorary plaque attached to the base of the Floyd J. McCree statue will recognize donors who support at the level of $1,000 and above. Please contact Kenneth J. Vaughn, Development Officer, at 810-767-8270 for more information.