Hortense Fields recalls her memories from the night of 67 as a senior at Cass Tech High School, driving down Twelfth street with her friends.
Detroit Historical Society
Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI
Downtown Detroit and 12th Street
My name is Hortense Fields. In the summer of 1967, I was a senior at Cass Tech High school, working part time at the concession stand in Arlans Department Store in Dearborn. My best friend, Helen Austin, and I went to a pre frat party in downtown Detroit on Saturday night, a few hours before the riot started. Helen's father drove us down 12th Street that Saturday night and I remember remarking that there are a lot of people out here this evening. Helen replied, "There's always a lot of people out on 12th Street on a Saturday night. This place is always jumping”. We continued traveling down 12th Street going downtown to the pre frat party- there were many young people there and we had a good time.
Cass Tech, 12th Street
“Hortense Fields,” Detroit Historical Society Oral History Archive, accessed June 2, 2020, https://detroit1967.detroithistorical.org/items/show/92.