12th Street Pavilion and Memorial
The 1967 Detroit riot, also known as the 12th Street riot, was a violent public disorder that turned into a civil disturbance in Detroit, Michigan. It began on a Saturday night in the early morning hours of July 23, 1967. The precipitating event was a police raid of an unlicensed, after-hours bar then known as a blind pig, on the corner of 12th (today Rosa Parks Boulevard) and Clairmount streets on the city's Near West Side. Police confrontations with patrons and observers on the street evolved into one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in the history of the United States, lasting five days and surpassing the violence and property destruction of Detroit's 1943 race riot.
Our CPAD funded concert pavilion and memorial is dedicated to the people that lost their lives to the violence of that weekend, mostly at the hands of the National Guard, to the resilience and dedication of the residents of the area that refuse to be forced out, and to the future people of this community.
- Virginia Park Community District Citizen's Council
- Detroit Department of Parks and Recreation - A. Robinson. JWW Center
- Tim Karl - Landscape Architect - GSD
- Greening of Detroit