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James L. Dunn
Robert L. Dunn
Dr. Roy Perry
Dr. H. D. Taylor
George D McCurdy
 
 
James L. Dunn
 
 
James L. Dunn – photo courtesy of Irene Moore
In 1867 James L. Dunn established the J. L. Dunn Paint and Varnish Co which eventually became the Standard Paint & Varnish Co. He was a very prominent figure in the business community for many years. His high profile and contributions to the economic development of the region made James Dunn a successful politician. In 1903 James L. Dunn became the first African Canadian Alderman in the City of Windsor.
 
Robert L. Dunn
 
 
Robert L. Dunn – photo courtesy of Irene Moore
Following in older brother James’ footsteps Robert L. Dunn was also a successful businessman. He was a partner in the Standard Paint and Varnish Company as well as the owner of a theatre in Detroit. Also like his brother before him Robert was elected as an Alderman for the City of Windsor. Robert L. Dunn also served as a trustee on the village Board of Education for Windsor. He was an early activist striving to promote the rights of African Canadians in the region. In the 1930’s he served as the president of the Central Citizens’ Association. (For more information on the Central Citizen’s Association please visit the Politics – Activism section of this website.)
 
Dr. Roy Perry
 
 
Dr. Roy Perry – Photo Courtesy of the Windsor Star
Dr. Roy Perry was born in Chatham and moved to Windsor with his family at the age of 2 years. He graduated from Patterson Collegiate where he was a talented athlete who excelled in football, baseball, basketball and track. He attended the University of Toronto and became a doctor of dentistry. Dr. Perry practiced in Windsor for over 30 years.

In 1949 he was elected alderman for Ward 3 and became a member of the board of control in 1956. In
 

1958 Perry made an unsuccessful bid to become the Mayor of Windsor. On October 28th, 1964 Dr. Perry announced he was seeking re-election as alderman having at that time 13 years of council experience. His campaign was successful.

 
 
Dr. Roy Perry – Photo Courtesy of the Windsor Star

Dr. Perry is credited as the originator of the Redevelopment Plan for downtown Windsor. This plan designated certain areas of the city as ‘blighted’. Dr. Perry is quoted by the the Windsor Star as having said, “Urban renewal and the removal of blight is synonomous with the name of Dr. Perry”.

Much of the historic ‘McDougall Street Corridor’ area was designated as part of the redevelopment zone.

 

Mrs. Roy Perry poses in front of The Dr. Roy Perry Apartments at 395 University Avenue East – Windsor Star 16/09/1976

These so called ‘blighted’areas were then expropriated by the city, demolished and redeveloped. The plan allowed for the receipt of monies to build low-income housing developments. Mrs. Charlotte Perry is pictured below in front of the new 80 unit apartment building named for her husband as part of the Urban Renewal and Public Housing Project.

   
 
Dr. Perry meets with officials of the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Dr. Perry was well known for his work in the community. For more information on Dr. Perry please see the Celebrations-Skating Parties or the People in Medicine sections of this website. Dr. Perry passed away in October, 1972 at the age of 62. (Left Image - Dr. Perry meets with officials of the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation – Clipping of the Windsor Star courtesy of the McCurdy Collection in the Archives of Ontario)

 
Dr. H. D. Taylor
 
 
Dr. H. D. Taylor receives Civitan International Award ‘Citizen of the Year 1956’– Photo Courtesy of the Windsor Star (30/05/1957)

Dr. H.D. Taylor was the first African Canadian physician in Windsor. Dr. Taylor served on the Windsor Board of Education from 1935 to 1963. He served 6 terms as the chairman of the board. He was the recipient of the Civitans Citizen of the Year Award in 1956. Campbell Avenue school was renamed in his honour in as Dr. H. D. Taylor School. (Dr. H. D. Taylor receives Civitan International Award ‘Citizen of the Year 1956’– Photo Courtesy of the Windsor Star (30/05/1957))

 
George D McCurdy
 
 
George D McCurdy

George D. McCurdy held several jobs as a young man including being the youngest Chief Steward in the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. He and his wife opened a bakery in Amherstburg and he increased his involvement in community life. In 1953 he was elected to town council and became Deputy-Reeve of the town of Amherstburg in 1959. In July 1961 he received the International Emancipation Freedom Award. His son Ralph also served on town council in Amherstburg.

 
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