Claim to fame: The first black new-car dealer in the United States
Years worked in the auto industry: 1934-71
Retired: As owner of Ed Davis Inc. (Chrysler-Plymouth-Imperial) in 1971
Now: Lives in Detroit with his wife of 57 years, Mary Agnes
Quote: 'Looking back, yes, it was difficult. But almost everything I was doing no other blacks had done. I took the responsibility for trying to make something happen that wasn't happening. I never decided, 'They're not doing something because I'm black.' I'd just find some way to do it.'