EXHIBITION

OPENING JUNE 24, 2017 in the Booth-Wilkinson Gallery at the Detroit Historical Museum

Plan your visit here! Museum admission is always free.

From the hundreds of oral histories in our archive, the assistance and input of our many partners, and the latest historical scholarship, we have developed the Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibition to allow visitors to better understand the events leading up to July 1967, where we are today, and connect to efforts moving Detroit forward for the next fifty years.

The comprehensive exhibit will highlight a  myriad of perspectives on this historic event through interactive experiences and an oral history collection compiled by the Detroit Historical Society. Detroit 67: Perspectives will begin by looking at the complex, compounding factors that took place across metropolitan Detroit during the 50 years prior to 1967, followed by a review of the unrest 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.

Detroit 67: Perspectives 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.

Save the date! Join us June 24 through July 2, 2017 for activities surrounding the Detroit 67: Perspectives opening. The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, June 24, with special community appreciation programming and activities. Then, from Sunday, June 25 through Sunday, July 2, the museum will offer programs such as curator chats, facilitated discussions and programs led by our community partners.

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.

Explore other public exhibitions in our Midtown Detroit neighborhood, opening throughout 2017.