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In this interview, Cole discusses growing up as a teenager in the city of Detroit. He remembers the city in the summer of 1967 but at the time was not aware of everything that happened. As he grew older, he realized the implications of that summer.

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In this interview, Phyllis Rogers discusses her impressions of the events of July 1967. She accompanied her father during the week of the unrest as he photographed the aftermath.

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In this interview, Dr. Abraham discusses his memories of the summer of 1967 as an Arab teenager living in Detroit. He remembers his relationships with his peers and the reactions of the people around him. Abraham was more interested in international…

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In this interview, Joel Smith talks about his memories of growing up in the Detroit area and cruising down Woodward with his friends. They often spent time in the city and enjoyed the concerts and the parks. In the summer of 1967, he and his friends…

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Rosemary Spatafora was a teenager in 1967 and remembers fires nearby and hearing gun shots at the local Domestic Linen Supply. Later she read an article from the perspective of business owners that changed her perspective of the snipers.

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In this interview, Cunningham discusses growing up on the Eastside of Detroit and her experiences during the events of 1967. She also discusses race relations in Detroit and the changes in the city since the 1960’s.

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In this interview, Ronald Lockett shares his memories of growing up Detroit, and the events of 1967. As a teenager, he worked for Famous Furniture but was fired when the store re-opened later in the summer of 1967. He speaks to what he saw at the…

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In this interview, Ken Reeves shares his experience of growing up in Detroit, particularly in his church community, and his personal experience of the 1967 rebellion.

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Micheal Baldridge had just finished high school in 1967 and remembers the impact the summer had on the community of Brighton, Michigan.

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In this interview, McNeil discusses her divergent experiences as a student in the suburbs (Clawson and Madison Heights) as compared to her brief time living in Highland Park and working at her father’s store there. In contrast to the suburbs awash…

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Sue Schmittroth was a teenager who was staying in the cultural center of Detroit in July of 1967. She and her friends explored around the city during the unrest to quell their curiosity and got into more than one altercation with law enforcement.

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Art Lorenz was 13 years old in the summer of 1967. He remembers that he was unable to attend his football conditioning class. He also remembers a conversation a few weeks later with a Canadian friend who had only seen media reports of what happened.

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James Veselenak was a lifeguard on Belle Isle in 1967. He remembers reporting to work unaware of the situation when he was stopped by a policeman who eventually let him through. He was later called back to help prepare the island to house prisoners.…
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