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  • Collection: Police, National Guard, and Firefighters

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In this interview, Murphy discusses his move to the Detroit area and serving in World War II with his brother. He also discusses joining the Detroit Fire Department and his experiences during the 1967 unrest.

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Former Detroit Police officer Anthony Fierimonte discusses his experiences on the force--including his role in the raid on the blind pig at Twelfth Street and Clairmont Street on July 23, 1967.NOTE: This interview contains profanity and/or explicit…

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In this interview, Bruce focuses primarily on his experience as a Black Detroit Police Officer during the 1967 unrest. He was at the blind pig on 12th and Clairmount the night it was raided, and discusses the racism that plagued the Detroit Police…

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In his oral history, French provides many anecdotes from the two weeks he served as a member of the National Guard during the 1967 unrest. He recalls participating in riot training with the Detroit Police Department the weekend prior to the outbreak…

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Dennis Laurion recalls his experiences as a member of the Coast Guard stationed on Belle Isle during July 1967.

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In this interview, Nagy tells of his upbringing on the east side of Detroit, his brief time in the army in Alaska, and his job in communications for the Detroit Police Department, where he was working during the summer of 1967.

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In this interview, Reese discusses growing up on the west side in a multi-generational household. She describes the Women’s Division of the Detroit Police Department where she worked during the unrest and what her duties included during that week.

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In this interview, Rogers discusses his experience as a black, rookie officer with the Detroit Police Department in July 1967. During the second day of the unrest, he was assigned supervisor of a jeep driven by National Guardsman. Rogers discusses…

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Henry B. Lick recalls memories of the actions of some officials and government presence in Detroit, July, 1967.

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In this interview, Locke discusses working his work at the Detroit Police Department during 1967. He also describes the tension between government and the department, along with frustration between citizens and the Detroit Police Department. Locke…

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In this interview, Ike McKinnon shares his experience of growing up in Detroit, being a Detroit police officer, and the events of ’67. This interview uses profanity and/or explicit language.

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In this interview, James Peters discusses growing up in the Detroit metropolitan area and his service in the National Guard during the events of July 1967.

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In this interview, Tessen discusses growing up on the east side and how and why he joined the Air National Guard. He then describes the various duties he performed for the Guard in the city during the unrest of 1967.

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Jerry Janosky was a firefighter in Detroit in 1967.

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In this interview, Janosky discusses living in Detroit and being called in to work as a fire fighter during the 1967 disturbance, fighting fires and the death of his fellow fire fighter and close friend, Carl Smith. He also discusses changes and life…

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In this interview, Atkin discusses growing up on the west side and joining the Air National Guard in 1965. He was deployed to the city during the unrest to assist in guarding prisoners and police perimeters.

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John Kastner dropped his daughters off at summer camp, to return to a city on fire in July, 1967.

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In this interview, Kastner discusses his time as a police officer with the Detroit Police Department in 1967 and the years after.***NOTE: This interview contains profanity/explicit language.

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In this interview, Tsampikou discusses his family’s move to the Detroit area in 1947 and how he eventually joined the Detroit Police Department. He discusses how the department handled the week of July 23, 1967, as well as the various causes and…

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In this interview, Begole recounts his father's time serving in France, his own childhood on East Grand Boulevard, his time serving in World War II and the day the Allies marched into Rome. In 1967, he was the Director of Public Safety in Novi, MI. …
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