DETROIT (WXYZ) — The ‘Detroit 67: Perspectives’ exhibition, which opened in 2017 in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Detroit's civil unrest, is here to stay. The Detroit Historical Society announced Wednesday that the exhibition will be a permanent feature of the museum. It was scheduled to close at the end of 2020.
WXYZ-TV was a partner in the original project, providing historical coverage and other videos that were incorporated into the award-winning exhibition.
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The Detroit 67 exhibition was created around an oral history collection of more than 500 firsthand accounts of the historic events, creating a wide range of perspectives with diverse voices. Community advocate Marlowe Stoudamire served as the Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward project director. Stoudamire passed away in March of 2020 from complications related to COVID-19.
The Detroit Historical Society said the permanent exhibit will be dedicated in Stoudamire's honor.
“The history shared by this exhibition has become increasingly important in the four years since it debuted. Marlowe’s influence runs strong throughout the project, and his recorded voice is present in many of the audio features in the exhibition. We simply can no longer imagine the Detroit Historical Museum without Marlowe’s voice and this important story,” said Detroit Historical Society President and CEO Elana Rugh in a press release.
Visitors can explore the exhibition during Detroit Historical Museum hours. Small group guided tours are also available by appointment.
To read more about Detroit 67: Perspectives, click here.