Christine Schulz was a child whose family owned a convenience store at Gratiot and Connor in July 1967. She recalls the fear and uncertainty her family felt during the unrest.
Detroit Historical Society
Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI
Southeast Michigan, Detroit, Gratiot and Conner Street
What I remember of the riots in July of 1967 is watching the tanks roll past our corner store from the City Airport across the street. Listening for the latest updates on the news of which streets the rioting and looting had reached. Seeing the fear in my mother's eyes and watching the police car take her to our store to turn off the automatic lighted sign that glared brightly on the otherwise dark Gratiot street corner that our store had LIQUOR! We were lucky. The rioting did not reach our neighborhood at Gratiot and Conner. But those memories are forever burned in my mind. That fear that everything we had could be lost.
Eastside Detroit, Gratiot Avenue, Connor Street, City Airport
“Christine Schulz,” Detroit Historical Society Oral History Archive, accessed September 24, 2023, http://oralhistory.detroithistorical.org/items/show/62.