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Friday Photo History: Women's Rifle Club

This week we bring Women's History Month to a close with a photo from one of Detroit's all-time great citizens. Norma Gatliff was the wife of Clarence Gatliff, who has had photos featured in previous blog entries. Clarence was a very prominent Detroit citizen in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. He was the Director of the city's Parks and Recreation Department and a respected swim coach and mentor. Norma Gatliff was incredibly active in clubs, organizations, and charitable causes throughout her life.

This is a photo of the Brewster Ladies Rifle Club. Norma was the head of this club and her husband Clarence was the head of the men's Rifle Club. This club was based at the Brewster Recreation Center which is located at 634 Brewster (in Brush Park) in Detroit. This photo was taken between the years of 1950 and 1969. Norma Gatliff, unfortunately, is not in the picture.

Collection: Norma Gatliff Collection. Photograph courtesy of the Collections and Exhibitions department of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History ( Research, caption and scanning by Derek Thomas Sojda.  For more information please contact the Louise Lovett Wright Library and Robert L. Hurst Research Center at (313) 494-5840 or via email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  For this and other informative posts, please visit

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