Rare collection of Nation of Islam papers discovered

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Detroit -- Once headed to the trash heap, a cache of rare papers have been found that trace the history of the Nation of Islam.

The collection of papers, documents and photos, many dating to the 1930s, detail the innerworkings of the religious group of black Muslims, including the surprisingly prominent role of women in its founding.

They were uncovered earlier this month at a home on Detroit's west side.
The find includes handwritten and typed letters related to the beginning of the Nation of Islam, which was started by W.D. Fard in Detroit in 1930 on Hastings Street in the city's legendary Black Bottom neighborhood....

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