NOW OPEN in the Booth-Wilkinson Gallery at the Detroit Historical Museum
Plan your visit here! The exhibition is on display through 2020.
For more than two years, the Detroit Historical Society has convened diverse groups and communities around the effects of a historic crisis in the Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward project. 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 of July 1967, what led up to them, where we are today and how to connect to efforts moving Detroit forward.
Detroit 67: Perspectives begins 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 explores 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 has been 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.
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 is available from Wayne State University Press.
View an archive of other public exhibitions that took place in our Midtown Detroit neighborhood during 2017.