In Memory of Joshua A. Nolen, 10/20/1993 – 10/30/2015

Three Little Free Libraries have been sponsored at Detroit Public Schools as a tribute and memorial to Joshua A. Nolen – helping the DPS Community School District reach its goal of a library at all 97 schools.

The campaign, the brainchild of Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather, was launched in July to help students continue reading through the summer and throughout the school year. It reached its goal on Sept. 26 with support from National Life Group and GLP & Associates — which sponsored 40 little libraries to push the campaign to completion.

Besides donations made to those in memory of others, libraries have bee sponsored by many individuals supporting literacy and the school district.

Joshua’s family said the 22-year-old man vibrant, strong and beautiful soul who was full of life and energy.


He was a gentleman, athletic, loved his family and loved God. He played high school football with the Canton Chiefs and then went on to play for Saginaw Valley State University.

On and off the field , Josh was competitive, a fighter for what was right and a true friend to many.

In June 2015, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer — Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC) — after suffering from what he thought was a bad case of the flu.


Once diagnosed, Joshua fought hard, prayed hard and never gave up. October 30, 2015, Joshua lost his fight with cancer and won his victory with Christ.

Schools where the family of Joshua sponsored a library is his honor include:

Coleman A. Young Elementary
Douglass Academy for young men
Ludington Magnet Middle School


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