James Markunas

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June 8, 1937 – October 19, 1986

Fr. James Markunas was a graduate of Detroit’s Cody High School and Albion College.  While serving as associate rector of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Detroit, Fr. Markunas was arrested for peaceably demonstrating after the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 49.

Bay Area Reporter, October 23, 1986

Marion Dunlap Whitman

April 17, 1927 – April 18, 1986

Raised as James Dunlap, Marion Dunlap Whitman worked as a sewing machine operator in the late 1950s and was one of numerous crossing-dressing African American Detroiters entrapped on the streets by undercover vice.  After serving 18 months in the State Prison of Southern Michigan, she moved to San Francisco.

Bay Area Reporter, May 15, 1986

Bobby Calvert

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November 28, 1942 – February 15, 1986

A onetime store manager for Kmart, Bobby Calvert and his life partner Dan Campbell operated both Todd’s Sway Lounge and the Akron Health Club on Detroit’s East Side.  Calvert also testified before city council in favor of including sexual orientation in the 1979 Omnibus Human Rights Ordinance.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 43.

Metra, February 26, 1986