Retelling the History Vignettes

The following vignettes are an opportunity to have a glimpse into the past and see how people felt at different periods about a key event occurring in history.  The vignettes range from 1923 when African Americans migrated to the north looking for economic opportunities to the Detroit race riots in 1943.

Courtesy of the Charles H. Wright Museum, six mini vignettes have been created summarizing key events or movements that impacted Detroit’s history.

A shop keeper shares her experience of the 1943 Detroit Race Riots

A factory worker discusses the advantages and disadvantages of moving to Detroit to work in the factories.

A couple shares their joy in hearing the verdict of

Dr. Ossian Sweet's trial.

A community member expresses his anger over racial injustices occurring throughout the city and his demand for action

Walker, a husband, and father, discusses the challenges in deciding to move to Detroit in order to look for better work to sustain his family.

A community member talks about the lack of available living space in neighborhoods and homes due to families moving up from the south.