Sandra Gross

Title

Sandra Gross

Description

Sandra Gross was born the week of July 23, 1967.

Publisher

Detroit Historical Society

Date

08/19/2016

Rights

Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI

Format

Text

Language

en-US

Type

Written Story

Text

I don't actually remember the riots, as I was born that week (July 31, 1967). That means of course, that my birth story has always been woven together by talk of the riots. My parents, both native Detroiters, had moved out to Flint for my father's job; we later settled in Troy. After the unrest began, rumors began circulating in Flint that riots would be spreading to that town. A couple days before my mother's due date, my father, nervous about getting my mother to the hospital safely, brought a shotgun home from the department store he managed. He discovered later, after my birth, that he had brought home the wrong shells for the gun. He never took the gun out of the box.

I wish I could have seen the city before the unrest and before white flight. When I was 10, my father took me to the 12th Street neighborhood and I was amazed that 10 years after the riots, there were still half-burnt buildings.

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Submitter's Name

Sandra Gross

Submission Date

07/28/2016

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Citation

“Sandra Gross,” Detroit 1967 Online Archive, accessed February 24, 2020, https://detroit1967.detroithistorical.org/items/show/367.

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