Teenagers

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Teenagers

Items in the Teenagers Collection

I was 16 years old and a sophomore at Southfield [High School]. We were seeing reports of the riots on TV, and nothing looked too bad. A few houses were burning and several folks were running around on the streets. So a few of us figured we would…

Barbara Baldinger, March 21, 2015

1967 was my summer between 9th and 10th grade. I was a Red Cross volunteer at a Head Start program at St. Cecilia School, near Grand River and Livernois. We had a week off for the riots, On the following Monday, I was the only white person on the…

One of my first jobs as a teenager was selling hot dogs at Stand 22 in Tiger Stadium. I learned a lot from the vendors and enjoyed meeting people from a variety of neighborhoods and different walks of life in Detroit. The strongest memory of the job…

I was a crazy kid all my life. But I also worked all the time. When I was 10 in 1958, I had nobody who cared where I was. I took the bus (with transfers) from Dearborn Heights to the heart of Detroit...Woodward Avenue near Hudson. In a few years,…

I grew up in Detroit on Elmira, between Mendota and Griggs. My Uncle Jim owned the Sinclair Gas Station on the corner of Elmira and Wyoming for most of my childhood. My parents bought the house my mom grew up in on Elmira. I was the eldest of 4; my…

I was almost 14 years old and lived at 4857 Edmonton, which was demolished for the Jeffries Freeway. I delivered the Detroit Free Press and while I was up early that morning there were rumors that there was a riot on 12th Street among the other boys…

Marcella Barowski, July 15, 2015
In this interview, Barowski discusses growing up in an integrated neighborhood on the Eastside of Detroit and attending St. Bernard, an integrated Catholic school during the 1960s. She also discusses witnessing the looting of several local businesses…

Kathleen Kurta, June 30, 2015
In this interview, Kurta discusses growing up on the west side of Detroit in the 1950s and 1960s and her intense personal experiences during the 1967 disturbance while working at Greenfield’s Restaurant on Woodward Avenue near downtown Detroit. She…

Dr. Martin Levinson, June 26, 2015
In this interview, Marty Levinson discusses his experience at his parents' tailoring business, which moved from Detroit to Oak Park. As a Jewish boy at the time, he describes his relationships with African Americans in school and the way…

I was 16 years old in 1967, living in a wonderful, close-knit neighborhood on the west side. My father was a lieutenant in the Detroit Fire Department. On Sunday morning, he received a call that he was to report to the fire station immediately. My…

My brother and I took the bus from Wayne to Tiger Stadium to watch a double-header against the Yankees. Still have stubs.We had upper deck box seats, great views of everything. [We] had a great time. They split. When it was over, we boarded the bus…

I was a white, 14 year old kid living with my parents and older sister on Glastonbury in a rented home in the McNichols and Southfield area (Rosedale Park). My mother was a social worker in downtown Detroit and my father an attorney for the State of…

I was booked to fly to Las Vegas to visit a Windsor friend who was a summer camp counselor, living that summer with her relatives. The day they closed the U.S./Canadian border, was the day I was flying out. As a 16 year old Canadian teenager, I had…

Dwight Stackhouse, July 31, 2015
In this interview, Stackhouse discusses growing up in the integrated North Corktown neighborhood of Detroit during the 1950s and 60s. Stackhouse, who was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, was nineteen-years-old in July 1967 and discusses evangelizing…

I had just completed my junior year in high school in South Lyon, Michigan. When not working, I liked to drive or ride my bike to Maple Beach in Kensington Park, the managing of which was my dad's summer job. I have a clear memory of reaching the…

Alan Feldman, June 16, 2015
In this interview, Feldman discusses growing up in the suburban community of Oak Park and his experiences on Detroit’s Westside, where he worked as a shoe salesman, and where his father ran two cleaning stores. Feldman discusses segregation in the…

My name is Hortense Fields. In the summer of 1967, I was a senior at Cass Tech High school, working part time at the concession stand in Arlans Department Store in Dearborn. My best friend, Helen Austin, and I went to a pre frat party in downtown…

Frank Rashid, July 30th 2015
In this interview, Rashid discusses social changes that occurred while growing up in his near west side neighborhood of Detroit as well as his own family’s experience during the 1967 civil disturbance, during which his father’s store was looted.…

In this interview, Grant discusses growing up in Detroit, Michigan and the causes of the 1967 disturbance and her personal experiences during that week in July. Grant also looks back at her career as a social worker and at her decision to attend Law…

Ivory Williams, August 15th, 2015
In this interview, Ivory Williams recalls his childhood playing on his street and around the neighborhood. Williams tells of his grandparents’ journey to Detroit from Jim Crow South and his grandmother’s influence on him. Williams also sheds…