Marvin Howell was eight years old in 1967 and remembers living close to the center of activity.
Detroit Historical Society
Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI
I was eight years old at the time, however, I remember this time very well as my family and I live right in the center of the riot. I grew up on Calvert between Woodrow Wilson and the John C. Lodge Freeway. Of course the riot area was around 12th street where the five and dime store Ray's and the another supermarket was being burned down and looted. Memories of people running down Calvert crossing the John C. Lodge bridge heading towards Byron and Hamilton with load of all different types of items. Another memory is when the National Guard parked right across the street is what use to be a little park on Calvert right next to the freeway with tanks and armed national guardsmen. They even have units with tanks located at my school which was Durfee Middle school/Central High on Tuxedo and LaSalle. Often times during this period we as a family of eight would sit on the front porch and watch the fires burn building down.
“Marvin Howell,” Detroit Historical Society Oral History Archive, accessed January 18, 2022, http://detroit1967.detroithistorical.org/items/show/490.