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  • Tags: 1967 riot—Detroit—Michigan

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In this interview, Barowski discusses growing up in an integrated neighborhood on the east side of Detroit and attending St. Bernard, an integrated Catholic school during the 1960s. She also discusses witnessing the looting of several local…

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In this interview Tom Ryan discusses his childhood and adolescence in Detroit. He also shares rich stories from his four decade career in radio. Tom also shares his experiences serving in the National Guard during the events in 1967.

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In this interview, Williams discusses growing up in a multi-ethnic community in Detroit and the causes and effects of the 1967 disturbance. She also discusses working in the Detroit school system and the changes that occurred over the years she both…

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Michael David "Sandy" MacMechan discusses his experiences with Detroit growing up on the east side of Grosse Pointe, how he came to be an Air Policeman, and where he was when he heard about the unrest in 1967. Further, he explains his role as an Air…

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In this interview, Falbaum discusses his impressions when he first moved to Detroit, as well as his work covering Mayor Cavanagh's office during the summer of 1967.

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In this interview, Carole and Leo Alberts explain their experiences growing up in some of the neighborhoods in Detroit. The couple briefly discusses the differences of living in Detroit and its suburbs. Additionally they speak about their experiences…

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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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In this interview, Tsampikou discusses his family’s move to the Detroit area in 1947 and how he eventually joined the Detroit Police Department. He discusses how the department handled the week of July 23, 1967, as well as the various causes and…

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Geneva Kachman remembers hearing about the unrest as a child when her family could not spend the day on Belle Isle. Instead, her family went home and watched the news about what was happening. She also includes a poem that references the unrest.

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Gloria Nixon-John was 21 years old in July 1967 and remembers the feelings in the city as well as the lasting effects.

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Barbara Joseph Jones wrote a poem about her experiences in Detroit of July, 1967. She contrasts the tanks and turmoil of the city with her teenage memories of dancing to Motown music and cheerleading practice.

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In this interview, Lobsinger discusses his experiences in the Korean War and how that led him to start his group, Breakthrough, to fight communism in Detroit, as well as his experiences of and viewpoint on the unrest in 1967

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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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In this interview, Billotto discusses his experiences during the week of July 23, 1967, including his excursions out to take photographs of the destruction, as well as discussing the future of the city.

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Judith Trzeciak had hosted a barbecue and swimming day for children from a local Baptist church. When they drove the children home, their car was surrounded by men who tried to tip over their car.

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In this interview, Walker discusses growing up in Wyandotte in a segregated neighborhood, but being raised by his father to be tolerant of all races. He tells what he was doing he heard about the unrest and how he sees the city today.

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In this interview, Thompson describes race relations in Detroit before, during, and after July 1967. She recalls the day she found out about the disturbance as she drove down Dexter toward Twelfth Street in her taxi. She then went home to care for…

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In this interview, Atkin discusses growing up on the west side and joining the Air National Guard in 1965. He was deployed to the city during the unrest to assist in guarding prisoners and police perimeters.

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Watts details her involvement with the events of July 1967 namely, her action – along with other black lawyers – in freeing black men who were arrested, sometimes with reason, sometimes arbitrarily. She was at first very confused and surprised by the…

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In this interview, Robinson discusses growing up in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in Northwest Detroit and her experience in the 1967 disturbance, including her father’s military past, helping them at the time. She also discusses changes in the…
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