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Catalog Number 2016.031.002
Object Name File, Digital Video
Title Riot Film
Scope & Content Silent, color digital video, transferred from 16mm film, taken by Edward T. Breslin during the unrest of July 1967. The original film's canister bears a tag marked "Riot Film."

[00:00:02 - 00:00:07]
Police line across 12th Street between Hazelwood Street and Taylor Street, as viewed from the center of 12th to the southeast. Signs are visible for U.S. Liberal Loans, Franklin's DeLuxe Cleaners, Standard Oil, and A&B Bar-B-Q. Pedestrians walks around in the foreground.

[00:00:07 - 00:00:09]
Shot is from behind the back of helmet-clad police officer who stands in the middle of 12th Street at Blaine Street. In the background, to the northwest along 12th Street, signs are visible for Astor Furniture, and Camay Cleaners. A large Mohawk Vodka advertisement is painted on the side of the Hutchins Apartments.

[00:00:09 - 00:00:23]
Police line across 12th Street between Hazelwood Street and Taylor Street, as viewed from the center of 12th facing the southeast. Signs promote U.S. Liberal Loans, Franklin's DeLuxe Cleaners, Standard Oil, and A&B Bar-B-Q.

[00:00:23 - 00:00:25]
A twisted security fence in front of the Kapsen Shoe Store at 9038 12th Street, on the east side of the street between Clairmont Clairmont Street and Taylor Street.

[00:00:25 - 00:00:32]
Pan from Cancellation Shoes at 9026 12th Street (on the east side, between Taylor and Clairmont), across Lafleur Photo Art Studio, to Detroit Fire Department firefighters battling a fire at the Reliable Rug Company.

[00:00:32 - 00:00:36]
Shot down an alley of a group of firefighters hosing a building. Hoses run along the ground down the alley from the foreground to the firefighters.

[00:00:36 - 00:00:43]
A close-up of the firefighters and a police officer walking through the same alley..

[00:00:43 - 00:01:02]
Three 6x6 U.S. Army cargo trucks, carrying groups of soldiers in their beds, turn from southwest-bound Calvert Street, onto Linwood Street, and head northwest, past Central High School. Smoke can be seen in the background to the southeast.

[00:01:02 - 00:01:04]
Aerial footage of fire at an unknown location. A Mohawk Vodka sign is painted on the side of an apartment building, but it does not match the Mohawk advertisement on the side of the Hutchins Apartments.

[00:01:04 - 00:01:15]
Aerial footage of fire at a block of apartment buildings at an unknown location.

[00:01:15 - 00:01:22]
Aerial footage of fire at a block of apartment building at an unknown location. Fire engines and the jets from firehouses are visible through the smoke.

[00:01:22 - 00:02:02]
Two African American men being stopped by Wayne County sheriff officers at night. The men stand by as their trunk is searched, then men are frisked, and then walked toward car.

[00:02:02 - 00:03:05]
Night time pan from a burning car, to an adjacent burning building, followed by more footage of a burning car, then of silhouetted firefighters in front of a burning building.

[00:03:05 - 00:03:09]
Daytime shot of debris from a destroyed building, with an expired parking meter in the foreground.

[00:03:09 - 00:03:12]
Dump truck and workers working in hole in street in front of A&B Bar-B-Q on 12th Street between Hazelwood Street and Taylor Street

[00:03:12 - 00:03:15]
Burned down storefront, with military jeep passing on street in foreground

[00:03:15 - 00:03:18]
Shot through a hole in a fence of a dump truck in a field of rubble

[00:03:18 - 00:03:32]
Line of children outside of St. Leo's Parish School. Several people are exiting the church with boxes. In the background Boy Scouts appear to be handing out ties.

00:03:32 - 00:03:45]
Within St. Leo's Parish School, nuns distribute bags of groceries to a group of adults. Cans and other goods are stacked around the room.

[00:03:45 - 00:03:59]
Close-up shot of young children, presumably at St. Leo's.

[00:03:59 - 00:04:10]
Rubble from a burned-down building, including the surviving brick chimney

[00:04:10 - 00:04:17]
Charred car covered in bricks from a collapsed building

[00:04:17 - 00:04:22]
Shot through a hole in a fence of a dump truck in a field of rubble again

[00:04:22 - 00:04:31]
Bulldozer clearing building rubble, with surviving brick elements still standing in the foreground, followed by a shot of a pile of bricks from same site

[00:04:31 - 00:04:43]
Photographer shooting a man holding a helmet, posed in front of a burned down storefront on the west side of 12th Street between Hazelwood and Taylor. Behind him the House of 35 bar (8922), a cleaners, and a Standard Oil station are visible

00:04:43 - 00:04:50]
Pan from a "33¢ Cigarettes" sign on the street to the front of a boarded-up storefront with "Soul Bro" painted on the boards.

[00:04:52 - 00:05:10]
Shot from the east corner of Linwood Street, and Hazelwood Street, facing northwest. Smoke rising in the distance from businesses along Linwood. while kids in the foreground wave their hands in front of the lens. Police directing traffic off of Linwood, and onto Hazelwood. Signs for Sunoco, Town Cleaners, and Dewey's Cleaners (8901 Linwood) are visible.

[00:05:10 - 00:05:34]
Arrestees getting out of a police truck outside of Police Headquarters on Beaubien Street.

[00:05:34 - 00:05:45]
Inside Police Headquarters,men are being processed. Several of them wave or smile for the camera.

[00:05:45 - 00:06:13]
Outside the Detroit General Hospital Emergency Entrance, a stretcher is carried out of an ambulance, and into the hospital. The ambulance is then shown leaving.

[00:06:13 - 00:07:07]
Inside Detroit General Hospital, the camera gets close-ups of people handcuffed to their hospital beds. Nurses are shown attending to injured people.

[[00:07:07 - 00:07:19]
Aerial footage of smoldering buildings across the street from an A&P grocery store, in an unidentified location.

[00:07:19 - 00:07:25]
Aerial footage of another unidentified smoldering block.

[00:07:25 - 00:07:32]
Aerial footage of another unidentified smoldering block.

[00:07:32 - 00:07:37]
Aerial footage of another unidentified smoldering block.

[00:07:37 - 00:07:49]
Wide aerial shot of a giant cloud of smoke above a neighborhood.

[00:07:49 - 00:07:54]
Closer shot of one of the still-burning buildings from the previous shot.

[00:07:54 - 00:08:01]
Car footage of southwest side of Grand River between Pacific Avenue and Oregon Avenue. William M. Tibbs Real Estate (in the Henderson Building at 7745 Grand River), the remaining façade of a burned down building, and a leather store are along the depicted strip.

[00:08:01 - 00:08:15]
Two children walk from smoldering, collapsed storefront, one holding a bag. The both suddenly change directions. As the camera pulls out, a firefighter walks in frame, and several other young people follow.

[00:08:15 - 00:08:28]
Form the passenger side of a moving car, the camera shoots the northeast corner of Grand River at Oakman Boulevard, headed northwest on Grand River, then turning north onto Oakman. The camera pans past the Robert Oakman Building: Peacock Jewelry, United Shirt Distributors, and Tactical Mobile Unit police cars parked at the corner. Broken glass is visible on the sidewalk around United Shirt Distributors.

[00:08:28 - 00:08:34]
Firefighters, and police officers with rifles in the center of an unknown intersection. Smoldering rubble on one corner, a red brick apartment building on another.

[00:08:34 - 00:08:38]
Man and woman carry a large basket, a tricycle, and a suitcase along the sidewalk on the northeast side of Grand River Avenue, between Trumbull Avenue and Myrtle Street, past Meyers Music Company (3448 Grand River)

[00:08:38 - 00:08:42]
Crowd outside of damaged storefront-presumably the Universal 5¢ and 10¢ Store at 3501 Trumbull--with sign advertising "Jewelry and Radios, Lamps and Shades." A man carries large basket from the store.

[00:08:42 - 00:08:49]
Group of people run northwest along the west side of Trumbull Avenue, across Myrtle Street, past the entrance to Scripps Park. A group of people watch from the corner in the foreground.


[00:08:49 - 00:09:04]
African American soldier of 82nd Airborne loads his rifle, near Police Headquarters.

[00:09:04 - 00:09:10]
82nd Airborne soldiers standing outside of Police Headquarters

[00:09:10 - 00:09:21]
Paratrooper stands with rifle in foreground while DSR bus carrying a lone police officer passes, south on Beaubien, Street as shot from outside Police Headquarters.

[00:09:21 - 00:09:42]
Night shot through a vehicles windshield of an unknown street downtown during a rain shower (it rained on the 28th and 30th of July)

[00:09:42 - 00:09:52]
Another night shot of an unknown downtown street.

[00:09:52 - 00:09:55]
Shot from the rear of a moving vehicle of a military jeep and an armored personnel carrier on an unidentified street.

[00:09:55 - 00:09:59]
View from within a moving military vehicle. A soldier's head and a mounted gun are in the foreground. Parking lots pass in the background.

[00:09:59 - 00:10:01]
View from within a moving military vehicle. A soldier's head and a mounted gun are in the foreground. The vehicle passes a group of soldiers on a corner.

[00:10:01 - 00:10:04]
View from within a moving military vehicle. The vehicles passes a group of soldiers running along the sidewalk on the northeast side of Grand River, between Beverly Court and Joy Road, past the Michigan Barber School at 8990 Grand River.

[00:10:04 - 00:10:06]
Close-up of soldier's head, and hands, holding the handles of one of the vehicle's guns.

[00:10:06 - 00:10:07]
Group of soldiers along sidewalk on the northeast side of Grand River, between Beverly Court and Joy Road, in front of the Michigan Barber School at 8990 Grand River


[00:10:07 - 00:10:11]
Soldiers with guns on top of an armored personnel carrier.

[00:10:11 - 00:10:53]
Night time fire with silhouetted soldiers in foreground. In the background, the fires come from the storefront on the southwest side of 12th Street, southwest of Taylor Street. The Sign for Superior Beauty and Barber Supply Company.(8931 12th) is visible beside the burning storefront.

[00:10:53 - 00:11:45]
Pan from storefronts along the northeast side of 12th Street--Franklin's DeLuxe Cleaners, and A&B Bar-B-Q.-between Hazelwood Street and Taylor Street, and across the street to fire on the southwest side near Superior Beauty and Barber Supply Company. Soldiers in the foreground.

[00:11:45 - 00:11:53]
DSR bus (with Vita-Boy Potato Chips advertisement on its front) on Belle Isle turns off a main road, onto a driveway guarded by a soldier.

[00:11:53 - 00:12:08]
people walk past the camera beside Belle Isle's beach, as armed police and soldiers look on

[00:12:00 - 00:12:08]
Line of people receiving blankets and sheets from a pair of tables in front of a pile of cots on Belle Isle's beach.
Date 1967
Extent of Description 00:12:13
Collection Events
Search Terms 1967 riot
Detroit Police Department
Detroit Fire Department
Fires
storefronts
Firefighters
Police Officers
12th Street
U.S. Liberal Loans
Franklin's DeLuxe Cleaners
A&B Bar-B-Q.
Blaine Street
Astor Furniture
Camay Cleaners
U.S. Liberal Loans
Kapsen Shoe Store
Cancellation Shoes
Lafleur Photo Art Studio
Reliable Rug Company
Fires
Linwood Street
Central High School
Aerial Views
Wayne County Sheriff Department
St. Leo's Parish School
Nuns
House of 35 Bar
Linwood Street
Hazelwood Street
Town Cleaners
Dewey's Cleaners
Police Headquarters
Beaubien Street.
Detroit General Hospital
Grand River Avenue
William M. Tibbs Real Estate
Henderson Building
Oakman Boulevard
Robert Oakman Building
Peacock Jewelry
United Shirt Distributors
Detroit Police Department Tactical Mobile Unit
Meyers Music Company
Universal 5¢ and 10¢ Store
Trumbull Street
82nd Airborne
Jeeps
Armored Personnel Carriers
Michigan Barber School
Superior Beauty and Barber Supply Company
Franklin's DeLuxe Cleaners
Belle Isle
U.S. Army
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