Detroit Historical Society
Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI
I am a white male, now 67 years old. When the violence broke out on July 23, 1967, I was 17 and in Ann Arbor for Freshman Orientation at the University of Michigan. I was sitting in the cafeteria of one of the dorms after a late dinner, pretty much by myself. I remember it was beginning to grow dark outside. The music streaming into the cafeteria was The Doors' “Light My Fire”. All of a sudden, the music was interrupted with an announcement that National Guard troops were being ordered into Detroit to quell the uprising. It was eerie.
“Sid Groeneman,” Detroit Historical Society Oral History Archive, accessed January 18, 2022, http://detroit1967.detroithistorical.org/items/show/600.