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  • Tags: 1943 Detroit Race Riots

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In this interview, Vanvlerah briefly discusses growing up on Detroit's west side. In July 1967 he was an engineer at the Delray Power Plant, where workers were called in to stay on premises for the duration of the disturbance.

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In this interview, Carole Hall shares memories of growing up in Detroit, and of the events of 1943 and 1967 in the city. She was a teacher at Northwestern High School and was very focused on improving the lives of her students. After the summer of…

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In this interview, Griffith discusses growing up near Woodward, witnessing Diego Rivera work on his famous murals at the DIA, her experience of witnessing violence during the 1943 race riots, her family’s relation to the Algiers Motel, and how she…

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In this interview, Mabarak discusses his experience growing up on the east side and eventually joining in the military. He discusses National Guard training and conditions during ’67 and also what he witnessed in Recorder’s Court. He gives his…

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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…

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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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Jim Aho's grandmother kept a diary and recorded her thoughts on the 1943 race riots and the events of the week of July 23, 1967.

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Viecelli discusses the 1967 disturbance from a police officer’s perspective, which he considers not a riot, but a “baby war.” He was stationed at Kiefer Command Center, where he tracked incoming and outgoing calls for the police. Notably,…

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In this interview, Michael shares the differences between living in the north and south, coming of age as a black male in Detroit, living during the time of the 1967 unrest, and his observations of the city past and present.

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In this interview, Fedorka describes what it was like living in a coal mining town in Pennsylvania and her move to Detroit with her family. She talks about how she met her husband and how he worked as a Detroit Police Officer during the ’67 unrest,…

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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…

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In this interview, Robinson discusses growing up near 8 Mile Road, experiencing the ’43 riot, and his experiences as an African American police officer during the 1967 disturbance, including the department’s riot training and his interactions…

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In this interview, Giovan discusses his upbringing on the east side of Detroit and his associations with Italian American organizations in the area. He also describes how he heard of the events in 1967, and his role in the criminal proceedings of…

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In this interview, Carole and Leo Alberts explain their experiences growing up in some of the neighborhoods in Detroit. The couple briefly discusses the differences of living in Detroit and its suburbs. Additionally they speak about their experiences…

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Freeman Flynn discusses growing up in Detroit, his opportunity to attend Wayne University, and his training and experiences during World War II as a scout plane pilot, which led to his love of flying as a civilian. Freeman describes being a teacher…
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