When Racial Tensions Boiled Over in Detroit- New Film Documents the Race Riots of 1967
Fifty years ago, 5 days of civil unrest left 43 dead in the streets of Detroit. The documentary film “12th and Clairmount” chronicles these historic Michigan events.
Michigan History Center in Lansing hosts the Mid-Michigan premiere of a new documentary film on the Motor City's upheaval in the Summer of '67. Home movie footage donated by metro Detroiters provides the spine of "12th and Clairmount."
Drawing from more than 400 reels of donated home movies from the era, other unearthed footage and newly recorded oral histories, this look at the Detroit rebellion, its causes and aftermath was produced by the Free Press in collaboration with a group of metro Detroit cultural institutions, led by the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Doors open at 7:00pm, and the Michigan History Museum will be open for pre-show viewing. At 8:00pm, a short program will provide background information on the civil unrest of 1967, and the development of the film. The outdoor screening will begin once it is fully dark, around 8:30pm.
Limited seating will be available on the courtyard of the museum, but guests are encouraged to bring camp chairs or blankets. Snacks, such as popcorn and ice cream, will be available for purchase.
Due to the documentary’s graphic scenes and language, this film is not recommended for young children.