Sue Williams had moved just before the events of July 1967. She remembers seeing the door of her old apartment on the news "riddled with bullets."
Detroit Historical Society
Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI
E. Jefferson Indiandale
I was a young woman of 25 in 1967, and my partner and I had moved from 2276 Indiandale to 8200 E. Jefferson a short time before the riots broke out. We were Caucasians, and friends and family were worried that we lived in a mostly Black neighborhood. We had no trouble there except the apartment we lived in had very little heat in the winter, and we had to use the stove to keep warm. Shortly after our move to the Shoreline East apartments, the riots started. My family called and asked us to pick up my grandmother and take her to my parents' home in Grosse Pointe Woods. While transporting my grandmother, we passed members of the National Guard driving tanks down E. Jefferson. It seemed surreal. Once back to the Shoreline, we saw on the TV news the actual door to our old apartment riddled with bullets. We had moved just in time! The Shoreline was still under construction and several of us who had already moved in went up to the penthouse roof. From our vantage point, we saw fires burning and smoke billowing all over the city.
“Sue Williams,” Detroit 1967 Online Archive, accessed July 23, 2019, https://detroit1967.detroithistorical.org/items/show/385.