Business Owners and Workers

Title

Business Owners and Workers

Description

These oral and written histories feature individuals who owned or were working for a business in Detroit in July 1967

Publisher

Detroit Historical Society

Date

06/16/2015

Rights

Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI

Items in the Business Owners and Workers Collection

Joseph Claxton, June 12, 2015
In this interview Claxton discusses living on the Eastside of Detroit in the summer of 1967 and remembers an incident during which a National Guardsman mistakenly suspected him of having a gun and, in turn, threatened Claxton with a rifle.

Edward Deeb, June 17, 2015
In this interview, Ed Deeb discusses his memories of the unrest in 1967 and specifically its impact on food and grocery stores in different communities around Detroit. He also shares his recollections on being subpoenaed by the Senate following the…

Carter and Nancy Grabarczyk, June 18, 2015
In this interview, Carter Garbarczyk discusses his work covering the 1967 unrest for Channel 2 WJBK-TV. Nancy Garbarczyk discusses her father’s work as a sergeant for the Detroit Police Department during July 1967.

In this interview, Rafal discusses working in the real estate business in Detroit in the 1950s and 1960s. She recalls that it was difficult to sell homes in white neighborhoods to African American families, which she believed was mainly due to…

Sue Wabeke, March 30, 2015

One Saturday night in July, 1967 my husband and I and another couple had stopped at the Traffic Jam and Snug, then a small bar. We left about 12:30 a.m. and walked out to find people sitting on multiple porches on Second throwing glass bottles into…

On Sunday, July 23, 9167, we were up north, visiting our sons at Camp Maplehurst, located near Traverse City. I became aware of some disturbance in Detroit around noon and, remembering the Race Riots of 1943, decided to return as quickly as…

We were celebrating my next day birthday on Saturday. Mrs. Frank and I went home late in the evening and about 5:30 AM I received a call from ADT that there was a civil disturbance on 12th Street and they could not respond to the alarm nor would the…

Monica Moffat, July 25, 2015
In this interview Monica Moffat discusses living on the Westside of Detroit with a Detroit Police officer during July 1967. She shares her stories of being on sniper watch with other residents at her apartment complex on Virginia Park Street and an…

Robert Stevens, July 27, 2015
In this interview, Stevens discusses his personal experiences selling ice to milk truck drivers servicing Detroit businesses during and after the 1967 civil disturbance. He also discusses attending high school in the multi-ethnic community in…

Harold Stone, July 25. 2015
In this interview, Harold Stone recalls his memories of living in the city during 1967. He also describes living across the Metro area. As he speaks about living throughout the metro area, he recalls his experiences with integration. In addition, he…

George Ramsey, October 10th, 2015
In this interview, George discusses his early memories of the 1943 Detroit Race Riots and his memories of growing up along Hastings Street and then 12th Street. After discussing his experiences during the unrest, George chronicles his experiences as…

Donna Palmer, August 11th, 2015
In this interview Donna Palmer discusses her experiences living in Detroit over the past sixty years. From her childhood in Corktown to her apartment on Clairmount, Donna discusses her ups and downs in the city. Living only blocks away from 12th and…

Joseph S. Ajlouny, Jr., May 23th, 2016

My father and grandfather operated a market in a small building at the corner of Forest Ave and 17th St. It was a classic neighborhood grocery store with fresh fruit and vegetables and a meat counter. Due to the curfew, it was closed for several…

In this interview, Smith discusses growing up around Detroit, and how she sought to be an active member of the Detroit community. She also talks about her experience at the family-owned dry cleaners during the unrest. More specifically, she talks…

I was a student at Schoolcraft College in the summer of 1967 and one of the classes that I was taking was a Problems of Sociology with a Mr. Agosti who I believe lived in Dearborn at the time. We were talking about a lot of the sociological issues…

Sharon Schafer, June 25th, 2016
In this interview, Schafer discusses growing up in Detroit and the importance of the Michigan Bell Telephone Company during the 1967 disturbance. She also discusses changes in Detroit since the 1960s.

James Boucher, June 29th, 2016
Boucher narrates the unrest from the experience of a commuter. He recalls taking the train from Ann Arbor to Detroit–where he worked at the National Bank of Detroit on Woodward–and noticing that the normally bustling finance district was…

Marvin Myers, July 7th, 2016
Marvin Myers opened a corner store on Grand St. and Linwood one week before the unrest in 1967. He discusses the impact the week had on his store as well as later altercations with customers. He also briefly mentions his time serving in the Korean…

Harvey Greig, July 14th, 2016
In this interview, Greig relates how he first heard about the events of July, 1967; his week at work as an essential personnel member at AAA in Detroit; and his experiences driving to and from work.

In this interview, Boscarino describes how he came to own his business in Detroit and his relationships with his (primarily black) customers. He tells of how his customers called him when the unrest started and assured him that they were protecting…