Revealing the roots of a riot

April 1, 2011

1967 Detroit Riot (Bentley Image Bank, Bentley Historical Library)

Senator Philip A. Hart (with glasses) next to mayor Jerome P. Cavanagh inspect damage done as result of the 1967 Detroit riot.

In July 1967, an early morning police raid of an unlicensed bar—or blind pig—on 12th Street in Detroit set off looting, fires, and shooting that soon escalated out of control. By the time the civil disturbance ended six days later, 43 people were dead, hundreds were injured, more than 7,000 people had been arrested, and entire blocks of East and West Detroit had been consumed by fire. (more…)

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