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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, Davis discusses growing up in Southwest Detroit and her recollections of the 1967 civil disturbance. She recalls interactions with looters, encounters with violence, property destruction, and the military. She also opines on…

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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, former Mayor of Detroit Roman Gribbs discusses his job as a traffic court referee for the City of Detroit during the 1967 civil disturbance and the legal and logistical issues stemming from mass arrests during the disturbance In…

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In this interview, Kurta discusses growing up on the west side of Detroit in the 1950s and 1960s and her intense personal experiences during the 1967 disturbance while working at Greenfield’s Restaurant on Woodward Avenue near downtown Detroit. She…

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In this interview, Rogers discusses his experience as a black, rookie officer with the Detroit Police Department in July 1967. During the second day of the unrest, he was assigned supervisor of a jeep driven by National Guardsman. Rogers discusses…

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In this interview Varlamos discusses his parents’ migration from Greece to Detroit, growing up in an integrated neighborhood on Detroit’s Westside and his father’sbusiness, Niko's Party Store,at the corner of Mack Avenue and Lemay, which was forced…

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Former Detroit Police officer Anthony Fierimonte discusses his experiences on the force--including his role in the raid on the blind pig at Twelfth Street and Clairmont Street on July 23, 1967.NOTE: This interview contains profanity and/or explicit…

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In this interview, Chope discusses taking the Jefferson Avenue bus to and from his home in Grosse Pointe to work at the National Bank of Detroit during the 1967 civil disturbance. He discusses the destruction of property he witnessed and the reaction…

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In this interview, Giles discusses her experiences as an 11 year old living on Fourteenth Street near the origin of the unrest in July 1967. She and her family were evacuated by the National Guard and stayed with relatives. Her father saved a…

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In this interview, Rybinski discusses growing up in the Warrendale neighborhood in Detroit as it grew during the post–World War II housing boom as well as his parents’ employment histories in Detroit during the forties, fifties, and sixties. He also…

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In this interview, Harper discusses growing up in Detroit including life before, during, and after the 1967 disturbance. She tells the story of the death of her brother, who was shot by a National Guardsman, and the lasting effects of the event on…

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In this interview, Hafeli recalls the mood in 1960s “white” Detroit. Growing up in an exclusively white neighborhood, Hafeli describes the community-police relations and the racial attitudes of his community. Hafeli describes the how his personal…

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Victoria Roberts is a Federal Judge who serves in Detroit. She has a long history, and many memories, of her time growing up in the city of Detroit with her parents and siblings. She discusses her memories of the Catholic education system in Detroit…

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Originally from Decatur, Illinois, Robert Garvin recounts his experience being a new resident to Detroit days before the unrest in 1967 began. He also briefly explains the changes of the Boston-Edison area along with some changes to the Dearborn…

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In this interview, Perryman discusses growing up attending multi-racial parochial schools in the Detroit area, as well as a life-changing car accident and her role in the events of July 1967.

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In this interview, DeYoung discusses her experiences of the 1967 disturbance and how it affected her life. Additionally, she speaks about her 35 year career at the Detroit Police Department and how the department, and the city, operated and changed…

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In this interview, Kasky discusses growing up in Detroit, his time at Wayne State University and his employment with the city of Detroit during the summer of 1967 and during the period immediately after.

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In this interview, Anthony discusses moving from St. Louis to Detroit, Kenneth Cockrel Sr., and the Big Four. He also discusses the challenges of activism within the church and his role working with the NAACP.

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In this interview, the Powells discuss Detroit during their childhoods and their perception of Detroit at the time. They then move to discuss the changes they noticed in the city in the years before 1967, such as the increased popularity of drugs as…
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