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In this interview, Taylor describes the looting and chaos that he witnessed during the summer of 1967. He also discusses the many issues Detroit faces today, including racism and disinvestment.

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Venita Thompkins was 4 years old in July of 1967. She remembers seeing fires on her street and being nervous about the presence of troops and tanks and the energy of the 12th Street and Virginia Park neighborhood.

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Venita Shelton-Mitchell was 14 years old and spent July 23, 1967 in Canada. When she returned, her bus was almost forbidden from crossing the border.

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Tarya Simo and her siblings were children whose mother owned a shop in 1967.

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Steve Moss was a 12 year old child returning from a family vacation in July of 1967.

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Stephan French remembers growing up in Northwest Detroit in 1967. He recalls regular visits to the Twelfth Street district before the unrest and the changing of the neighborhood afterward.

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In this interview Fowler describes her childhood growing up in the Virginia Park neighborhood. The weekend of July 23, 1967, she rode her bike to Twelfth Street to see what was happening.

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In this interview, Shelton discusses what it was like growing up on the northeast side and how she and her sister were injured in a looting incident in the events of 1967. She discusses what it was like to meet various icons in the city and how…

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In this interview, Sharp discusses what it was like to grow up and attend various elementary schools in Detroit. She recounts in detail her memory of staying with her grandmother during the uprising of 1967 and what it was like to see the National…

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Robin West Smith was 9 years old the summer of 1967 and due to the outbreak of the unrest was unable to have stitches removed from his hand. He also remembers seeing looters break into his neighborhood corner store.

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In this interview, Giles discusses her experiences as an 11 year old living on Fourteenth Street near the origin of the unrest in July 1967. She and her family were evacuated by the National Guard and stayed with relatives. Her father saved a…

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Pamela D. Jones shares her memories as a 10 year old living on the east side of Detroit, Michigan in July, 1967.

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In this interview, Unger discusses her experiences as a 12-year-old living with her sister who suffered from cerebral palsy and her mother who was dying from breast cancer. She talks about being alone with them in the house while the 1967 unrest took…

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Minte Washington was 11 years old the summer of 1967 and remembers scenes from her neighborhood.

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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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Mary Jo David shares her memory of the start of the unrest as a 9 year old enjoying a summer day reading at the Edison Branch Library on Joy Road in July 1967.

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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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Marvin Howell was eight years old in 1967 and remembers living close to the center of activity.
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