In this 2007 interview, James Craciun, an owner of Craciun funeral home, talks about his family's involvement in the Romanian and Italian communities of Detroit-Shoreway. Craciun's Romanian and Italian immigrant grandfathers settled in Detroit-Shoreway at the beginning of the twentieth century. His Italian grandfather owned an Italian Import store in the neighborhood at the corner of W. 65th and Herman. Craciun's father started the family funeral business on Detroit Avenue across the street from the old St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church in 1945. Craciun himself as been active in the community – as a businessman; a parent; a parishioner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel; and as an activists for human rights in Romania. In this interview, he tells a number of interesting stories about his Romanian and Italian grandfathers, and many stories about his involvement in fighting for human rights in Romania.


Craciun, James (interviewee)


Souther, Mark (interviewer)


Detroit Shoreway



Document Type

Oral History


60 minutes

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