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  • Collection: Teenagers

Micheal Baldridge had just finished high school in 1967 and remembers the impact the summer had on the community of Brighton, Michigan.

Sue Schmittroth was a teenager who was staying in the cultural center of Detroit in July of 1967. She and her friends explored around the city during the unrest to quell their curiosity and got into more than one altercation with law enforcement.

Art Lorenz was 13 years old in the summer of 1967. He remembers that he was unable to attend his football conditioning class. He also remembers a conversation a few weeks later with a Canadian friend who had only seen media reports of what happened.

James Veselenak was a lifeguard on Belle Isle in 1967. He remembers reporting to work unaware of the situation when he was stopped by a policeman who eventually let him through. He was later called back to help prepare the island to house prisoners.…

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In this interview, Vaugn discusses her experiences during the events of July 1967 when her family lived just around the block from some of the violence.

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In this interview, Glendy Thompson remembers her childhood in Detroit and her education – most notably her participation in the Northern High School walk-out and attending Freedom School. She remembers the summer of 1967 and the changes she has…

John McCandless worked on Twelfth Street in the summer of 1966. In the summer of 1967 he was in Rhode Island and came back to find everything had changed.

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In this interview, Cullen discusses how she felt with cultural norms in her all girls, Catholic school, and also when her family moved to Grosse Isle. She could see a lot of the unrest from outside her window because her house was close to…

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In this interview, Watts talks about growing up in Detroit and traveling downtown. She also describes racial tensions in the city and the chaos that ensued during the unrest of 1967.

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In this interview, Jacqueline Mills talks about her memories of growing up in the city, her neighborhood, and her family’s connection the Martin Luther King. In the summer of 1967, her family had recently moved away from the affected area but they…

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In this interview, Burnett discusses what it was like growing up in the Black Bottom neighborhood and how it was affected by Urban Renewal. Her family moved to the east side. She shares two memories of 1967; she recounts how she lied about curfew in…

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In this interview, Ferella discusses going downtown, observing the mounted unit, and talking to police on the street during the disturbance. She talks about the reactions of her neighbors in Redford.

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In this interview, Foster discusses how he felt visiting blues and jazz clubs in Detroit. He also describes an uncomfortable interaction when he was volunteering to pack lunches for police and troops.**NOTE: This interview contains explicit language…

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In this interview, Walter and Wallace Crawford discuss growing up in Detroit and their experiences during the 1967 disturbance.

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In this interview, Ausgood describes growing up in her neighborhood and her experiences during the unrest. She also discusses the effects of the unrest, how she perceives that week, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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In this interview, Smith discusses his experiences during the week of July 23, 1967 including seeing the unrest as he was going to church and being confronted by the National Guard, both at his apartment and while out playing basketball with friends.…

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In this interview, Johnson describes growing up on the west side and her experiences during the unrest of witnessing people looting and her taking her baby to her mother’s house for safety. She further discusses her opinions on how the city has…

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Carmen Abrego was a teenager in 1967. She remembers looking out her bedroom window and seeing tanks and smoke. She also discusses her memories of the year after, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech, and her mother’s death.
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