EXHIBITION

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Set to open in June 2017 at the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit 67 Exhibition will be comprehensive, inclusive and thought-provoking. The Detroit Historical Society has engaged leading exhibition designers and developers and technology firms to help us maximize its effectiveness and impact for both local and national audiences. The exhibition will use multimedia technology to share individual stories from our oral and written history archive and the latest historical scholarship. It will also provide opportunities for personal reflection and engagement.

The exhibition will look at the complex, compounding factors that took place across metropolitan Detroit during the 50 years prior to 1967, followed by a comprehensive and balanced review of the events that occurred between July 23 and August 1, 1967. Next, the exhibition will explore the past 50 years up to the present day, detailing the progress we have made as well the setbacks we have encountered. The exhibition narrative concludes by offering a perspective on what lies ahead and will challenge the community to use what we have learned in the past 100+ years to help create a future for Detroit filled with unparalleled promise and opportunity.

The Detroit 67 Exhibition is being developed in close collaboration with numerous scholars and subject matter experts. In addition to core cultural and non-profit partners like the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, New Detroit and the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, we have enlisted noted academicians, authors and community leaders to help guide our effort. National authorities, including Dr. Thomas Sugrue of the New York University and author of Origins of the Urban Crisis, and Professor Kevin Boyle of Northwestern University and author of Arc of Justice, are involved in our effort to tell this important story. Other academic and community advisors include Danielle McGuire, Professor of History at Wayne State University and author of  At the Dark End of the Street; Peter Hammer, Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University; DeWitt Dykes, Trustee Emeritus of the Detroit Historical Society and Professor of History at Oakland University; and longtime City Council member and community leader Sheila Cockrel. In addition, our oral history project has collected hundreds of narratives from people who experienced the upheaval of July 1967. These stories will ensure that the exhibition is told from many perspectives and represent a broad cross-section of the region’s residents.

To enrich the context of the exhibition, a companion book with essays on topics related to race relations in Detroit over the past 300 years will be published in June 2017 by Wayne State University Press.