Saginaw, Michigan: Stevie Wonder Rock

A rock with a plaque was unveiled in 2005 in tribute to musician Stevie Wonder, who was born about three miles south of it in a hospital. It's Saginaw's only acknowledgement of Stevie.
Address:
1314 N. 5th Ave., Saginaw, MI
Directions:
Northeast side of the city. The rock sits on a low pedestal in a weedy parking lot on the northwest corner of N. 5th Ave. and Farwell St., a block south of Hwy 13/N. Washington Ave.
Admission:
Free
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Stevie Wonder Rock.

Stevie Wonder Rock

It's outside a Juneteenth building. The rock inscription says that Stevie Wonder "has a vision"... but he is blind.

[Sarah Campau, 10/06/2017]

Seems like Stevie Wonder uses his vision more often than sighted people. Stevie's 1973 "Innervisions" album is considered one of his best!

Stevie Wonder rock.

Stevie Wonder Rock

Stevie Wonder Rock.

[Mike Kill, 04/19/2015]

Stevland Hardaway Judkins was born in Saginaw in 1950. He later became famous as Little Stevie Wonder, and then just Stevie Wonder, but Saginaw seemed to ignore him. That didn't sit well with Lula Briggs-Galloway, a Saginaw County black history preservationist. She opened a Juneteenth Creative Cultural Center and Museum in 2003 and, two years later, in its parking lot, she unveiled the Stevie Wonder rock. The rock sits on a brick base and has a plaque that says that the parking lot was once the site of "The Big House" where Stevie "spent some of his early childhood years" (He was born in a hospital about three miles south). Despite its young age, however, the monument is falling apart. Lula Briggs-Galloway died in 2008, her Cultural Center is abandoned, and Saginaw again seems not to spend much time thinking about Stevie Wonder -- who hasn't visited his hometown since the 1980s.

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