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StoryCorps Detroit Podcast: “It seems like fewer of us make it now.”

In 1967, Bill Williams was a teenager living with his extended family not far from the intersection of 12th Street and Clairmount Avenue. His mom, uncles and grandparents had pooled their money to purchase the house. He remembers it being a big step up from the farmhouse he’d lived in near Tiger Stadium.

And then, July 23, 1967 happened.

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Bill Williams was interviewed by Cindy Muñoz.

In this episode of the StoryCorps Detroit podcast, Williams tells his friend Cindy Muñoz about the destruction he witnessed living so close to what he calls “the riot.” He remembers neighbors guarding firefighters with rifles, finding bullet holes that went through brick, and that the soldiers his grandmother made him bring pop to were anxious but nice.

At one point Muñoz asks Williams about the legacy of 1967, and in his response he says, “It seems fewer of us make it now.”

Click on the player at the top of this page to listen to this episode of StoryCorps Detroit. You can also subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

Image credit: StoryCorps

This post is a part of Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

The DJC is a partnership of six media outlets focused on telling critical stories of Detroit and creating engagement opportunities on-air, online and in the community. View the partners work at detroitjournalism.org.

Support for this project comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation.

  

 

This post is a part of StoryCorps Detroit.

Giving people of all backgrounds the opportunity to record meaningful conversations, StoryCorps seeks to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.​ The StoryCorps Mobile Tour stops in Detroit from June 29 to July 30 to collect the stories of our region.


 

 

This post is a part of Detroit '67: A Reflection.

WDET is reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 riots with stories and photos from people in the community who lived through this historic event.

About the Author

Laura Herberg

Community Reporter

Covers stories about the people inhabiting the metro Detroit region, the issues that affect them, as well as classic public radio “fluff.”

Follow @DetroitLaura

Sascha Raiyn

Reporter & Producer

Native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.

sraiyn@wdet.org   Follow @sraiyn

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