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Beverly Mayhew remembers the unease of the city of Detroit the summer of 1967. Her husband, who flew helicopters, took reporters out over the city and was a member of the National Guard.

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Beverly Spears recalls her childhood memories from July 1967.

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In this interview, St. John describes life growing up in Detroit and what it was like to teach in Detroit. She explains how she first heard about the unrest and her experiences during that week.

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In this interview, Bill Goodman discusses growing up in Detroit and describes how racism affected his family growing up. He also discusses his career as a civil rights attorney in Michigan during the 1960s.

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Bob Frank recalls the theft and looting of his business, a pawnshop on Twelfth Street.

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In this interview, Hynes recalls his experience covering the unrest as a reporter for Channel 7 the day after the outbreak of the disturbance. He also discusses his interviews with local and state leaders in response to the unrest. Despite being…

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In this interview, Roselle discusses being called into the mayor’s office to handle the civil response to the unrest, incidents that he saw and heard of, and his opinion on the response in general. He also discusses how the city has changed, what it…

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In this interview, Brenda Peek discusses her impressions of Detroit, as well as both her own and her former husband Lonnie Peek’s work after the events of July 1967 including the People’s Tribunal and mock trial of the Algiers Motel Incident and her…

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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.

In this interview, Philpot discusses moving to Detroit and how she was able to settle here. She includes her neighborhood and other parts of Detroit she had experienced. She also discusses housing history and how Detroit has changed over the years.

In this interview, Roney discusses growing up on Fourth street and attending its annual fair. He also discusses daily life of a midtown resident and how the neighborhood has changed over the years.

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In this interview, Ausgood describes growing up in her neighborhood and her experiences during the unrest. She also discusses the effects of the unrest, how she perceives that week, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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In this interview, Fountain describes the unrest from a 12-year-old’s perspective. For example, he recalls seeing two men carrying a new couch in the alley behind his grandparents’ house, and realizing the men had looted the furniture. He repeatedly…

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In this interview, Bruce Carr discusses growing up in a multi-ethnic community and his family’s experience coming from Tennessee. He also touches on his experiences in 1967 and how he sees some of the changes in Detroit since.

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In this interview, Foster discusses how he felt visiting blues and jazz clubs in Detroit. He also describes an uncomfortable interaction when he was volunteering to pack lunches for police and troops.**NOTE: This interview contains explicit language…

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In this interview, Atchoo and Dickow discuss their recollections of the 1967 unrest as recent immigrants and as grocery store owners. Dickow owned Consumers’ Fruit Market which was on Blaine and Twelfth; his store was a mere block away from where the…

In this interview, Calebria explains how it was growing up within Northwest Detroit within a the 80s to present day. She explains how the public services of her neighborhood slowly began degrading especially after the housing crises, and how crime…

In this interview, Vella discusses life in Detroit as an immigrant from Malta. He recounts his neighborhood in the Vernor-Springwells area of the city, his days at St. Gabriel High School, and his first impressions of Detroit. Vella also discusses…

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Carmen Abrego was a teenager in 1967. She remembers looking out her bedroom window and seeing tanks and smoke. She also discusses her memories of the year after, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech, and her mother’s death.
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