Joe Colton was 6 years old the summer of 1967. He was in the car with his mother and siblings with felt the need to drive to Dearborn for safety.
Detroit Historical Society
Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI
We pulled up to an intersection, My Mother 27 years old, my sister, 9 years old, my brother, 7 years old, me, 6 years old, my other sister, 4 years old, and my other brother, 2 years old! Buildings on all four corners were on fire, black people were running around smashing windows, cars were driving by with all sorts of stuff piled on top of them. It was horrible! Then a car full of black people started chasing us! We all were screaming and crying, I remember thinking that these black people were going to kill us! I'm pretty sure we were all thinking the same thing! Somehow my Mom managed to escape and we made it to the border of Dearborn were there was white men out and when the black men that was going to kill us saw them they took off just like the cowards they were and are! This is the first time in my life that I remember ever seeing a black person!
“Joe Colton,” Detroit Historical Society Oral History Archive, accessed January 19, 2021, https://detroit1967.detroithistorical.org/items/show/380.