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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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Gary McDonald and his family moved to the city from Bloomfield Hills following the unrest of 1967 to take advantage of life in the city.

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Eva Amine was 12 years old in July of 1967. She remembers her grandfather determination to keep his store open and provide food for the people of Detroit.

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Esperanza Cintron recalls her fear of city protectors when she was an adolescent in July, 1967.

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In this interview, McNeir discusses growing up in Detroit and the normalcy of interacting with local celebrities. He also talks about his hope for the future of Detroit and its communities. In the events of 1967 he discusses returning home from…

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Debbie Remer describes being out of town and hearing about the disturbance in Detroit and the anticipation of coming home.

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In this interview, Buchanan discusses his experiences growing up primarily in Virginia Park during the 1960s. He notes the escalated police presence in the community, and details several anecdotes of police brutality he experienced as a child. During…

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In this interview, Jennings recounts the day his father, Reginald Jennings, was killed during the 1967 civil unrest. He also discusses growing up in Detroit and attending Detroit Public Schools in the 1960s and 70s. ***Note: This interview contains…

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Daniel O'Brien recalls his experiences living along Eight Mile and witnessing racism and violence.

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Cindy Overmyer was 12 in July 1967 when she and her family came home from a vacation. She remembers going to the store to buy supplies but seeing empty shelves and the feeling around the city.

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Christine Tomassini recalls memories of being 11 years old in July, 1967.

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Christine Schulz was a child whose family owned a convenience store at Gratiot and Connor in July 1967. She recalls the fear and uncertainty her family felt during the unrest.

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Carrie Davis was a child in the summer of 1967 and remembers the feelings and sights of the week of July 23. 1967.

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In this interview, Fountain describes the unrest from a 12-year-old’s perspective. For example, he recalls seeing two men carrying a new couch in the alley behind his grandparents’ house, and realizing the men had looted the furniture. He repeatedly…

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In this interview, Arthur Divers describes what it was like living in his black community during the disturbance. He discusses the various businesses that existed before the disturbance, and how it has drastically changed the community since then. He…

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Ann Bryne was a child in 1967 and remembers watching the adults around her react to what was happening that summer.

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In this interview, Hadley discusses her childhood in Detroit, and her feeling of safety within the city. She then discusses her experience during the unrest, and how her entire family was fearful for their safety. She emphasizes that many of the…

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Anita Gibbs was a child in 1967 and remembers the atmosphere and confusion of the city while the police searched her house.

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A painting and explanation from Angelo Sherman who was a child in 1967.

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Angela Smith recalls being a child and witnessing looting and later National Guardsmen in Detroit in July of 1967.
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