|THE EDWARD "ED" DAVIS STORY
(THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO HEAD DETROIT'S AILING BUS SYSTEM)
|In the fall of 1971, Edward "ED" Davis would become the first African-American to be appointed as
general manager of Detroit's Department of Street Railways (DSR). But prior to being appointed head
transit chief he enjoyed a long and successful ground-breaking career in the automobile sales industry.
During his thirty year career in the automobile business, Davis would become the first African-
American to own a used-car dealership in the U.S., the third to be awarded a new-car franchise, and in
the fall of 1963 would become the first African-American to own a "Big Three" franchise — a Chrysler-
Plymouth-Imperial dealership located on Dexter at Elmhurst in Detroit.