Marianne Smith

Title

Marianne Smith

Description

Marianne Smith describes driving through Detroit to a school photo shoot in July, 1967.

Publisher

Detroit Historical Society

Date

07/15/2015

Rights

Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI

Format

Text

Language

en-US

Type

Written Story

Coverage

Detroit, Michigan

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I grew up in Detroit on Elmira, between Mendota and Griggs. My Uncle Jim owned the Sinclair Gas Station on the corner of Elmira and Wyoming for most of my childhood. My parents bought the house my mom grew up in on Elmira. I was the eldest of 4; my siblings were triplets, a natural rare occurrence back in 1951. Their picture was in the Detroit News every year for several years of their childhood. We moved from Detroit to Livonia in 1964.

I attended Ladywood High School in Livonia and graduated in 1968. I was scheduled to have my senior pictures taken at a photo studio in Detroit the day after the riots started in July, 1967. My mom was really scared to drive me into the city but I insisted - I didn't want to miss having my senior pics taken. I remember driving into the city and seeing smoke everywhere and being really frightened and wondering what was happening to my city and what trouble I had brought on my mom and me. I was scared through the entire photo shoot and clearly I still have vivid memories of that entire period.

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Submitter's Name

Marianne Smith

Submission Date

03/24/2015

Search Terms

Detroit News, Livonia, Ladywood High School,

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Citation

“Marianne Smith,” Detroit 1967 Online Archive, accessed November 18, 2019, http://detroit1967.detroithistorical.org/items/show/30.

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