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
Pamela D. Jones shares her memories as a 10 year old living on the east side of Detroit, Michigan in July, 1967.

Mary Jo David
Mary Jo David shares her memory of the start of the unrest as a 9 year old enjoying a summer day reading at the Edison Branch Library on Joy Road in July 1967.

Kevin Thrasher
Kevin Thrasher was a 9-year-old living on the east side of Detroit, patrolling his home in July, 1967.

Alee Darwish, March 30th, 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…

Christine Tomassini, March 20, 2015
Christine Tomassini recalls memories of being 11 years old in July, 1967.

Christine Schulz, July 24, 2015
Christine Schulz was a child whose family owned a convenience store at Gratiot and Connor in July 1967. She recalls the fear and uncertainty her family felt during the unrest.

Esperanza Cintron, July 27, 2015
Esperanza Cintron recalls her fear of city protectors when she was an adolescent in July, 1967.

Justine Smith, July 25, 2015
Justine Smith was twelve years old working as a camp counselor and recalls memories of fear and uncertainty in July, 1967.

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…

Stephan French, July 23, 2015
Stephan French remembers growing up in Northwest Detroit in 1967. He recalls regular visits to the 12th Street district before the unrest and the changing of the neighborhood afterward.

Jeri Bartolotta, August 5, 2015
Jeri Bartolotta recalls her childhood memories of her father spending nearly the entire week at his store on Linwood, near the epicenter of the riots.

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.

Kim Hunter, Oct 09, 2015
Kim Hunter shares her experiences in 1967 as a young girl about to turn 13 years old. She remembers the media coverage and "two riots"

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…

Daniel J. O'Brien, March 1st, 2016
Daniel O'Brien recalls his experiences living along 8 mile and witnessing racism and violence.

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…

Angela Smith, March 13th, 2016
Angela Smith recalls being a child and witnessing looting and later National Guardsmen in Detroit in July of 1967.