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Leslie McKeever's father was a fireman in Detroit from 1946 to 1976. McKeever remembers him working during the week of July 23, 1967 and the family's eventual move to the suburbs despite the requirement for firemen to live within the city limits.

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Jerry Janosky was a firefighter in Detroit in 1967.

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Ann Bryne was a child in 1967 and remembers watching the adults around her react to what was happening that summer.

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In this interview, Kathleen PoHutsky discusses what it was like moving to Detroit from Canada and living there in the Fifties and Sixties. She discusses the strain that the events of 1967 had on her relationships as well as the lives of those…

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In this interview, Kelly discusses growing up in Detroit and how her family eventually moved to Grosse Pointe when her neighborhood became unsafe. She also discusses her experiences working at the Detroit General Hospital during the week of July 23,…

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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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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, 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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Mary VanDerMaas was 12 years old and the daughter of a Detroit Fireman. He had a sense something was about to happen and stayed home from a family picnic to be near the phone. When the rest of the family heard what was happening in the city, they…

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Patricia Stoppella was dating a Detroit Fireman in July of 1967. They spent the day on the river and came back to the city to find fires and National Guardsman.

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Mary Ann McCourt is the daughter of a Detroit Fireman who served during the events of 1967. She discusses her memories of visiting her father on his breaks and hearing about the death of his friend Carl Smith, a fellow fireman. She and her family…

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In this interview, Girardin tells what it was like growing up in an all-white neighborhood in Livonia and his life post-high school graduation. He describes how he was called for duty in the National Guard during the 1967 unrest and his various…

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In this interview, Demres tells of his father’s experiences working as a firefighter during the unrest and how his family reacted to his father being in danger.

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Crystal Edwards remembers scenes from her neighborhood in July 1967.NOTE: Edwards' account was previously published inJuly 25, 2007 by the Michigan Chronicle - Volume 70, Number 45, called "Eyewitness Account of the 1967 Riot"and Then published…

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Judith Zielke, whose father was Detroit Fireman, was 10 years old in July 1967. She remembers hearing bullets outside her house and how anxious her mother was.

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In this interview, Conlon discusses growing up in non-diverse Grosse Pointe Park and how living there intertwined with her experiences of Detroit. Kathleen also discusses the profound affect the unrest had at her work location and on her husband’s…

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Ana was a 13 year old who lived with her grandparents near the training grounds where the Detroit Fire Department was stationed.

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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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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, Gene Scott discusses his experiences working as a publicist for the city of Detroit during the summer of 1967. Mr. Scott recounts his long hours covering the incident and the fear of danger created not only by the unrest, but by…
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