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StoryCorps Detroit: A Front Row Seat to the Looting of 1967

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Curtis Rodgers recalls what he was up to as a 14-year-old on July 23, 1967

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In this StoryCorps Detroit segment, 82-year-old Clarice Rodgers asks her son, Curtis Rodgers, Jr., what he was up to when violence erupted in Detroit on July 23, 1967. 

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Clarice Rodgers and her son Curtis Rodgers, Jr.

Rodgers, Jr. says he ended up going over to his cousin’s house, which was not far from the intersection of 12th and Clairmount.

We’re sitting on the porch and we’re watching all these people, they have car loads of stuff:  radios, colored T.V.s, suits, bicycles,” Rodgers, Jr. tells his mother. That made him want to join in on the looting, he says.

Click on the audio player at the top of this page to hear what he actually ends up doing.

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Laura Herberg, Community Reporter

Laura Herberg is a Community Reporter for 101.9 WDET, telling the stories about people inhabiting the Detroit region and the issues that affect us here. She has reported since 2010 without owning a car.

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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.​ StoryCorps Detroit showcases interviews that were recorded when the MobileBooth stopped in at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the summer of 2017. Those conversations are podcast here.



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