Nortown in the 1967 Riots

Image: U.S. Army Airborne Infantry stop cars in violation of the curfew at French Road and Shoemaker on Detroit’s East Side. Shirkey (Detroit News Staff), July 27, 1967, courtesy of Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University.

Nortown was not exempt from the troubles of the Detroit race riots in 1967.  Detroit News staff photographer Shirkey was able to capture a photo in the area of exactly what was going on in the midst of the riots.  In the photo, 4 guards armed and ready to fire stood in the light of the streetlamps on the corner of the black Detroit neighborhood. They stayed until the wee hours of the morning to assure that blacks were not out past their curfews during the race riots in Detroit.

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