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Cullen L. Dubose

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Construction Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Gray
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
There's No Mysteries If You Have The Facts.

Birthplace

Born:
7/5/1935
Birth Location:
Moss Point, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Construction Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Gray
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
There's No Mysteries If You Have The Facts.

Birthplace

Born:
7/5/1935
Birth Location:
Moss Point
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Biography

Construction Executive Cullen L. Dubose was born on July 5, 1935 in Moss Point, Mississippi. Dubose attended Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi and received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana in 1958. Dubose also attended graduate school in housing and finance at Michigan State University.

From 1958 to 1969, Dubose worked as a Bridge Design Engineer, Civil Engineer, Structural Draftsman, and Highway Draftsman for the Michigan Department of State Highways and Transportation in Lansing, Michigan. During much of that time, Dubose also worked as a Civil Engineer for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. From 1977 to 2008, Dubose was the Chief Operating Officer for Painia Development Corporation, a minority-owned company that provides comprehensive site selection advice and evaluates sites along with design builds for corporations looking to locate or relocate their facilities such as distribution centers, call and data centers, warehouses and manufacturing facilities. Dubose was featured in several articles on urban renewal and housing markets, including an article in Reader’s Digest entitled, “Tales of Two Cities: Renewal in Detroit and Jersey City.”

Dubose sits on numerous boards including the Michigan Economic Growth Authority, to which Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed him in 2003. He is also a board member of the National City Corporation for Michigan Multi-Cities, the secretary for the Michigan Housing Council, a member of the Board of Directors for the Detroit Investment Fund, a member of the Michigan Minority Business Development Council, and a member of the African American Association of Businesses and Contractors. Dubose sits on the Board of Directors for the University Cultural Center Association and for Tougaloo College, and he is the recipient of several awards, including the Omega Psi Phi Citizens Award and the NAACP Citizens Award. Dubose is married to Helena Joyce and has three children: Cheri, Cullen, and Freddie.

Cullen Dubose was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 8, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Cullen L. Dubose's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Cullen L. Dubose lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Cullen L. Dubose talks about his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Cullen L. Dubose remembers his father's entrepreneurship, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Cullen L. Dubose remembers his father's entrepreneurship, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Cullen L. Dubose lists his siblings, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Cullen L. Dubose lists his siblings, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Cullen L. Dubose lists his siblings, pt. 3
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his father's personality and his likeness to him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Cullen L. Dubose recalls lessons from his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Cullen L. Dubose describes the role of religion in his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Cullen L. Dubose describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his experiences with racial discrimination at Magnolia Elementary School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Cullen L. Dubose describes how he came to attend the Tougaloo Southern Christian College in Tougaloo, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Cullen L. Dubose remembers his teachers at Magnolia High School in Moss Point, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his decision to study engineering
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Cullen L. Dubose remembers his interest in Brown University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Cullen L. Dubose describes how he came to work for the Michigan Department of State Highways and Transportation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Cullen L. Dubose remembers the housing discrimination in Lansing, Michigan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Cullen L. Dubose remembers the housing discrimination in Lansing, Michigan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his role at the Michigan Department of State Highways and Transportation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Cullen L. Dubose talks about the NAACP's opposition to the construction of Interstate 496
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his decision to leave the Michigan Department for State Highways and Transportation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his role at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his role at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Cullen L. Dubose talks about the Michigan State Housing Development Authority's Project Rehab
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his reasons for leaving the Michigan State Housing Development Authority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Cullen L. Dubose recalls the Painia Development Corporation's first project
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Cullen L. Dubose recalls his experiences of discrimination as the founder of the Painia Development Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Cullen L. Dubose talks about the Farmers Home Administration project in Gaylord, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Cullen L. Dubose talks about the disadvantages of certification as a minority owned business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Cullen L. Dubose talks about the Federal National Mortgage Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his role on the Michigan Economic Growth Authority
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Cullen L. Dubose reflects upon the success of the Painia Development Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Cullen L. Dubose reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his role on the board of Tougaloo College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his partnership with A. Alfred Taubman, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his partnership with A. Alfred Taubman, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Cullen L. Dubose talks about his work during the mayoralty of Dennis Archer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Cullen L. Dubose talks about business development under Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Cullen L. Dubose recalls his tenure on the board of the Detroit Investment Fund
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Cullen L. Dubose describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Cullen L. Dubose reflects upon his life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Cullen L. Dubose reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Cullen L. Dubose talks about his parents' response to his success
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Cullen L. Dubose talks about his children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Cullen L. Dubose reflects upon his life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Cullen L. Dubose describes how he would like to be remembered