New Exhibit to Shine Light on Race, Economic Disparity in 1967

The Detroit Historical society unveiled plan for a new exhibit showcasing the July 1967 riots.

The Detroit Historical Society is announcing plans for a new exhibit called the Detroit 1967 Project. The exhibit will feature pictures and stories of events that led to the city’s civil disturbance in July 1967.

Executive Director and CEO Bob Bury says the society is accepting artifacts and stories from Detroiters who witnessed the violence.

“There’ll be a large effort to create a digital historical archive recording memories and recollections from people who were involved, people that were there back in 1967. So that the story is really preserved in our words, in the words of Detroiters as a permanent historical record,” he says.

Bury says the goal of the exhibit is to connect the issues from that summer with conversations happening today about economic disparity and social equality. The exhibit will open in the fall of 2016 at the Detroit Historical Museum.  


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