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In this interview, Calvert recollects his childhood growing up in the Jim Crow South and the impact he believes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had. He the discusses his move to Detroit and how he fell into a life of drugs, parties, and prostitutes. He…

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Anita Gibbs was a child in 1967 and remembers the atmosphere and confusion of the city while the police searched her house.

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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, Falbaum discusses his impressions when he first moved to Detroit, as well as his work covering Mayor Cavanagh's office during the summer of 1967.

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Bob Frank recalls the theft and looting of his business, a pawnshop on Twelfth Street.

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In this interview, Hynes recalls his experience covering the unrest as a reporter for Channel 7 the day after the outbreak of the disturbance. He also discusses his interviews with local and state leaders in response to the unrest. Despite being…

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In this interview, Atchoo and Dickow discuss their recollections of the 1967 unrest as recent immigrants and as grocery store owners. Dickow owned Consumers’ Fruit Market which was on Blaine and Twelfth; his store was a mere block away from where the…

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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, Buchanan discusses his experiences growing up primarily in Virginia Park during the 1960s. He notes the escalated police presence in the community, and details several anecdotes of police brutality he experienced as a child. During…

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Deborah Chenault Green recalls her vivid memories living in the Twelfth Street neighborhood during the unrest in 1967. She also shares some of her poetry inspired by these events.

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In this interview, Sims discusses what it was like to grow up and go to school on the east side and her memory of the ’43 race riots. She recounts how she traveled various places going to school and teaching for nursing as well as various aspects of…

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In this interview, Watts discusses growing up in the north end and moving to the west side as a teenager. He talks about living near Twelfth Street during the unrest, and describes what the area was like during and after the disturbance.

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In this interview Gerald Raines discusses his home life and education while growing up in Detroit, Michigan. He also details his observations during the first few days of the 1967 disturbances, including his time spent volunteering to assist the fire…

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In this interview, Townsend recalls being on Twelfth 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…

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In this interview, McQueery discusses living with racism in Detroit and how it affected her employment. She talks about being the first black, and first woman, working in the field of photography in the Detroit area. Helen also offers her…

Hortense Fields recalls her memories from the night of 67 as a senior at Cass Tech High School, driving down Twelfth street with her friends.

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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, Jay Butler discusses moving to Detroit from the south in the late sixties and the impression that southerners had of Motown. He explains how he heard about the unrest, what he saw, and how it affected his time working at the radio…

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In this interview, Mr. Davis discusses growing up in Detroit's close-knit Davison neighborhood and the effect the Chrysler Freeway had on the area. He was drafted into the military and was home on a two-day pass on July 23, 1967.
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