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  • Collection: Business Owners and Workers

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In this interview Claxton discusses living on the east side of Detroit in the summer of 1967 and remembers an incident during which a National Guardsman mistakenly suspected him of having a gun and, in turn, threatened Claxton with a rifle.

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In this interview, Ed Deeb discusses his memories of the unrest in 1967 and specifically its impact on food and grocery stores in different communities around Detroit. He also shares his recollections on being subpoenaed by the Senate following the…

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In this interview, Carter Garbarczyk discusses his work covering the 1967 unrest for Channel 2 WJBK-TV. Nancy Garbarczyk discusses her father’s work as a sergeant for the Detroit Police Department during July 1967.

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In this interview, Rafal discusses working in the real estate business in Detroit in the 1950s and 1960s. She recalls that it was difficult to sell homes in white neighborhoods to African American families, which she believed was mainly due to…

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Sue Wabeke describes traveling within Detroit to and from work in July, 1967.

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Philip Elkus recalls fear for his livelihood as a store owner in July, 1967.

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Bob Frank recalls the theft and looting of his business, a pawnshop on Twelfth Street.

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In this interview Monica Moffat discusses living on the
west side of Detroit with a Detroit Police officer during July 1967. She shares her stories of being on sniper watch with other residents at her apartment complex on Virginia Park Street and…

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In this interview, Stevens discusses his personal experiences selling ice to milk truck drivers servicing Detroit businesses during and after the 1967 civil disturbance. He also discusses attending high school in the multi-ethnic community in…

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In this interview, Harold Stone recalls his memories of living in the city during 1967. He also describes living across the Metro area where he recalls his experiences with integration. In addition, he discussed how race affected his job…

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In this interview, George discusses his early memories of the 1943 Detroit riots and his memories of growing up along Hastings Street and then Twelfth Street. After discussing his experiences during the unrest, George chronicles his experiences as a…

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In this interview Donna Palmer discusses her experiences living in Detroit over the past sixty years. From her childhood in Corktown to her apartment on Clairmount, Donna discusses her ups and downs in the city. Living only blocks away from Twelfth…

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In this interview, Smith discusses growing up around Detroit, and how she sought to be an active member of the Detroit community. She also talks about her experience at the family-owned dry cleaners during the unrest. More specifically, she talks…

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Tom Shipley was a student at Schoolcraft College who worked at a local gas station during the summer of 1967. He remembers the gas rationing and how his uncle asked his dad to bring alcohol for his workers who were accustomed to buying some after…

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In this interview, Schafer discusses growing up in Detroit and the importance of the Michigan Bell Telephone Company during the 1967 disturbance. She also discusses changes in Detroit since the 1960s.

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Boucher narrates the unrest from the experience of a commuter. He recalls taking the train from Ann Arbor to Detroit–where he worked at the National Bank of Detroit on Woodward–and noticing that the normally bustling finance district was deserted.…

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Marvin Myers opened a corner store on Grand St. and Linwood one week before the unrest in 1967. He discusses the impact the week had on his store as well as later altercations with customers. He also briefly mentions his time serving in the Korean…

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In this interview, Greig relates how he first heard about the events of July, 1967; his week at work as an essential personnel member at AAA in Detroit; and his experiences driving to and from work.

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In this interview, Boscarino describes how he came to own his business in Detroit and his relationships with his (primarily black) customers. He tells of how his customers called him when the unrest started and assured him that they were protecting…
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