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Ulysses S. Grant's Detroit home to be moved, renovated

The former home of Ulysses S. Grant when he was stationed in Detroit as a lieutenant in the mid-1800s sits at the former Michigan State Fairgrounds in Detroit in this 2018 photo, vacant and boarded up for years. Later in 2019 it will move to the Eastern Market area, where it will become a public education and resource center. (Daniel MearsDetroit News via AP)

DETROIT — The Detroit home of President Ulysses S. Grant is being moved from the former Michigan State Fairgrounds to the Eastern Market where it will be refashioned as a public education and resource centre.

Sandra Clark, the director the Michigan History Center, said Thursday that the two-story white clapboard house will be established as a museum to explore Grant’s life and his impact on Detroit.

The Civil War general lived at the house with his wife Julia Dent from April 1849 to May 1850.

The Michigan State Housing and Development Authority is helping to fund the move, which Clark says could cost $200,000. The move is tentatively set for August.

HistoricDetroit.org says the house is moving to make way for development on the fairgrounds that have been dormant since 2008.

The Associated Press