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Wayne County Morgue - Old photos

Tools of the trade. The autopsy room in the morgue.

Identifying a body in the morgue's rows of body coolers in 1952.

The Wayne County Morgue in 1958 with awnings.

Morgue staffers meet in a skylighted room in 1973.

The cooler in the morgue in 1973. It was far too small for a county of Wayne County's size - and with Detroit's homicide rate.

The morgue looking ragged in 1990, five years before it would be torn down.

The front door of the Wayne County Morgue at Brush and Lafayette. It featured an Egyptian style entrance.