Children

Title

Children

Description

These oral and written histories feature individuals who were below the age of 16 in July 1967.

Publisher

Detroit Historical Society

Date

06/16/2015

Rights

Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI

Items in the Children Collection

Pamela D. Jones, April 10, 2015

I was 10 years-old when the riot started, way too young to know what was going on.
I lived on the east side of Detroit with my parents and three siblings, on Cadillac Blvd. near Canfield. Cadillac Blvd. was mainly a residential neighborhood;…

In 1967 I was nine years old. I was a voracious reader and spent many summer days at the Edison Branch Library on Joy Road, west of the Southfield Freeway. One day—and I’m not sure which day it was—I was at the library, and I remember the…

The riots took place just after my ninth birthday. I am now 56 years old (turning 57 in July) and will never forget the mood, fear and concern for my safety my parents experienced.

I was always an advanced child. I was giving the gift, by God,…

Alee Darwish, March 30, 2015
In this interview, Darwish discusses growing up in a multi-ethnic community in Highland Park and the causes and effects of the 1967 disturbance, including the closing of the Highland Park Ford Plant and race relations. He also discusses changes in…

I am white, a native Detroiter, and was 11 in 1967. We lived on Monica in Detroit, right off the Lodge freeway. It was an old immigrant neighborhood; I think there was one Black family on the block. There was a pedestrian bridge at the end of the…

What I remember of the riots in July of 1967 is watching the tanks roll past our corner store from the City Airport across the street. Listening for the latest updates on the news of which streets the rioting and looting had reached. Seeing the fear…

I didn't lose a business or serve as a guardsman. What I lost was innocence. At 12 or 13, I traveled by bus to the lower eastside (Mack). We lived on the far eastside (across Hamtramck) which was pretty much untouched. My mother and I were going…

I was 12 years old. My life was about to be changed forever. I am Caucasian and lived in the inner city of Detroit, [with] mostly African Americans on our block.

My first "job" was at our church’s camp property in Hartland, Michigan. I left…

Daniel Jennings, June 19, 2015
In this interview, Jennings recounts the day his father, Reginald Jennings, was killed during the 1967 civil unrest. He also discusses growing up in Detroit and attending Detroit Public Schools in the 1960s and 70s. Note: Though it has been edited in…

I was eight years old when the '67 riot occurred. My family was living on Sturtevant and LaSalle, about six blocks from Central High School and about less than a mile from the blind pig incident on 12th Street that incited the riot. We went to church…

My Chaldean-American father owned a store named Imperial Market on Linwood and Rochester in 1967 . I was five years old. That week, my dad slept at the store and would come home only to shower and visit us. He brought us chocolate covered cherries…

Jim Demres, August 12, 2015
In this interview, Jim Demres discusses his father, George Demres, and his work as a firefighter for the Detroit Fire Department in July 1967.

I was 12 about to turn 13, and it felt apocalyptic, in no small part because I was 12 and everything felt apocalyptic. Then there was smoke in the sky and tanks in the street.
I lived in SW Detroit (the Black part, 48217) where there was relatively…

Renee Giles, August 3, 2015
In this interview, Giles discusses her experiences as an 11 year old living on 14th Street near the origin of the unrest in July 1967. She and her family were evacuated by the National Guard and stayed with relatives. Her father saved a…

Juanita Harper, August 15th, 2015
In this interview, Harper discusses growing up in Detroit including life before, during, and after the 1967 disturbance. She tells the story of the death of her brother, who was shot by a National Guardsman, and the lasting effects of the event on…

I was 7 years old and I lived on the east side, Jefferson and Van Dyke area. Saving for my first bike, my mom opened an account for me at the local bank. The bank was robbed. My poor mom trying to explain to a 7 year old that yes the bank was…

I was 10 years old. My family was returning from a vacation to our home on the northwest side. It was very late at night and the streets were empty except for big trucks of soldiers traveling toward Downtown. There was no other evidence of the…

"8 MILE, ETHNICITY, AND A SMOKING GUN" In the decade following the 1967 Detroit Riots, I lived a half mile north of 8 Mile Road—the boulevard that drew a deep cut between Detroit and the northern…

Marsha Greene, August 7th, 2015
Marsha Greene discusses growing up in Detroit, first on the east side on Vernor Avenue, later on the west side in three different neighborhoods. She discussed highlights of her childhood including family, friends, and neighbors as well as her…

I was 5 years old. I remember lots of noise outside our apartment window. I looked outside. I saw lots of people running in and out the corner store. I saw people taking thing out the store like potatoes chips and bread etc. without a bag. I…