Community Members

Title

Community Members

Description

These oral and written histories feature individuals who were adults living in Detroit Michigan in July 1967.

Publisher

Detroit Historical Society

Date

06/16/2015

Rights

Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI

Items in the Community Members Collection

Gene Bennet
Gene Bennet recalls various memories surrounding the events of June 1967.

Alison Mellon
Alison Mellon was a student at Wayne State University in July, 1967.

Sandy Livnat
Sandy Livnat was a student at the University of Michigan in July 1967. He was working at a summer camp in northern Oakland County and returned home to help secure the family business in Oak Park.

Shirley Davis, June 12th, 2015
In this interview, Davis discusses growing up in Southwest Detroit and her recollections of the 1967 civil disturbance. She recalls interactions with looters, encounters with violence, property destruction, and the military. She also opines on…

Girard Townsend, June 12, 2015
In this interview, Townsend recalls being on 12th Street in the early morning hours of July 23, 1967 and seeing the beginning of the civil unrest that occurred throughout that week. He also speaks about his involvement in the arson and looting of…

Father Michael Varlamos, June 25, 2015
In this interview Varlamos discusses his parents’ migration from Greece to Detroit, growing up in an integrated neighborhood on Detroit’s Westside and his father’sbusiness, Niko's Party Store,at the corner of Mack Avenue and Lemay, which was…

John Porter, July 23, 2015
John Porter was a college student living in Albion in July 1967. He and a friend came to Detroit for the day on July 22 and saw folk and blues bands play at a nightclub called The Chessmate.

Shirley Schmidt, July 9th, 2015
In this interview, Schmidt discusses growing up in an integrated neighborhood and attending integrated schools on the Eastside of Detroit in the 1940s and 50s. She discusses being pregnant and the mother of a toddler during the 1967 civil disturbance…

Marc K. Shaye, July 25, 2015
Marc Shaye and his family lived in Sherwood Forest in July 1967. He and his father, Nathan, protected the Grosse Pointe quality Food warehouse near 12th Street and Trumbull during the unrest, as it was a main source of food for the city. In his…

Sue Scherwitz
Sue Scherwitz recounts the unusual details of her wedding which took place during the unrest on July 28, 1967.

Deborah Chenault Green, July 26, 2015
Deborah Chenault Green recalls her vivid memories living in the 12th Street neighborhood during the unrest in 1967. She also shares some of her poetry inspired by these events.

Judith Brown, July 25, 2015
Judith Brown was a 23-year-old student at Wayne State in July 1967. She recalls her experiences living in the Jeffries Housing Project including interactions with the police and local businesses.

Cynthia Garner, September 23, 2015
Cynthia Garner recalls her memories living with her family in 67 one block from Northwestern High School.

Bessie Ernst Williams, June 16th, 2015
In this interview, Williams discusses growing up in a multi-ethnic community in Detroit and the causes and effects of the 1967 disturbance. She also discusses working in the Detroit school system and the changes that occurred over the years she both…

Cynthia Garner, October 10th, 2015
In this interview, Cynthia discusses her neighborhood relationships growing up, where she and her family were during the unrest and her particular memories of it. She also compares the events of 1967 to the 1943 riots, as well as discusses how the…

Robert Garvin, December 10th, 2015
Originally from Decatur, IL, Robert Garvin recounts his experience being a new resident to Detroit days before the unrest in 1967 began. He also briefly explains the changes of the Boston-Edison area along with some changes to the Dearborn area…

Ken and Carol Sopiak, March 19th, 2016
In this interview, Ken and Carol Sopiak discuss their experience planning and then enjoying a traditional Polish Catholic wedding, reception, and Poprawiny in Detroit during the events of July 1967.

Brenda Perryman, March 19th, 2016
In this interview, Perryman discusses growing up attending multi-racial parochial schools in the Detroit area, as well as a life-changing car accident and her role in the events of July 1967.

Yvonne Anderson, March 19th, 2016
In this interview, Yvonne Anderson discusses growing up in a multi-ethnic community including the black association in Detroit. She also discusses the discrimination and the extreme disturbance at that time.

Mary Catherine Hustoles, August 15th, 2015
In this interview, Hustoles describes driving her station wagon from her church, Immaculate Heart of Mary, which was a collection center for food and supplies, to distribution sites on and around 12th Street during the week of July 23, 1967. She…