Remembering the Detroit Riot of 1967
One of the most profound events in Michigan’s history is the Detroit Riot of 1967. Wikipedia’s 12th Street Riot entry explains:
The 12th Street Riot was a civil disturbance in Detroit that began in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 23, 1967. Vice squad officers executed a raid at a blind pig, or speakeasy, on the corner of 12th Street and Clairmount on the city’s near westside. The confrontation with the patrons there evolved into one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in modern U.S. history, lasting five days and far surpassing the 1943 riot the city endured. Before the end, the state and federal governments, under order of then President Lyndon B. Johnson, sent in National Guard and U.S. Army troops. The result was forty-three dead, 467 injured, over 7,200 arrests and more than 2,000 buildings burned down.
The Detroit Police broke up a party at a “Blind Pig” upstairs at this building on July 23rd 1967.
Inner City Blues-Marvin Gaye
John Conyers attempting to calm the crowd at 12th and Clairmount
Willie Horton remembers the riots…
Chaos: Police and firemen attempt to get blazing fires under control
Panic in Detroit
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