Lyons' Home

A site where Malcolm briefly lived in Mason, MI.

In 1940, Malcolm left the Swerlin's State Detention Home to live with the Lyons family, who had children attending Mason High School with Malcolm. The Lyons were the only African American family in Mason, and Mr. Lyons was very respected. Living there gave Malcolm a new perspective about who he could be, despite facing racial stereotypes at school. When Malcolm was in eighth grade, he told his teacher he wanted to become a lawyer; his teacher suggested he try carpentering as a more realistic goal for a 'negro.' Not long after that, Malcolm left the Mason area for Boston (Malcolm X, Autobiography, chapter 2).



435 East Elm Street