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Page 44 of 67 45 J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 6 During the 1960s, when racial tensions were at their height, Motown Records was able to break down prejudices and bring African American music into the mainstream with songs like "Heard It rough the Grape- vine," "Dancing in the Streets" and "My Girl." Some of the fi rst recording artists the label signed included e Miracles, e Temptations and e Supremes, all of which are featured throughout the museum. Among the most popular exhibits is Studio A, the original studio where many early Motown hits were recorded. "When you enter it, you feel like you're in the same spot the famous people were in where history was made," said Shanel Adams, public relations coordinator. "I've seen people fall to the fl oor, I've seen tears and you can just feel it. It's so power- ful if you're a Motown fan." e studio is set up just as it was when it was in use and pictures of the famous artists who recorded there, including Aretha Franklin, line the walls. Michael Jackson's glove is on permanent display, and the special exhibit "Boulevard to Broadway" will run through the end of 2016. "Boulevard" tells the story from Motown's beginnings to its impact on the national stage and features original costumes, instruments and photographs. Groups can enjoy special events at the Motown Museum, including the spoken-word series Motown Mic, and includes Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. W W W . M O T O W N M U S E U M . O R G By Bill Bowen, courtesy Detroit Metro CVB Motown Museum

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