Patricia Flemings


Patricia Flemings recalls her life growing up in Detroit. She also recounts the history of her parents and grandparent migrations to Detroit. She compares the past Detroit, particularly before the riots, to modern day Detroit. She talks of how drugs and fear of corrupt police officers, called the Big Four ruined the sense of safety in the neighborhoods. Later in the interview, Ms. Flemings talks about her great grandmothers recollections of being a house slave. There are also suggestions as to how Detroit can be fixed over time.

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  • Date Interviewed: Saturday, 08 March 2014
  • Interviewer: Amber Flemings


Migration within U.S.

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Detroit Journeys Collection

Detroit Journeys Collection

The Detroit Journeys Collection features interviews focusing on the experiences of individuals migrating within the U.S. or from outside the U.S. to Detroit, Michigan.

Experiences Collection

Experiences Collection

The Experiences Collection features two sections. The first section includes interviews with women from Bennett College who participated in the Woolworth's Lunch Counter civil rights demonstration in Greensboro, North Carolina. The second section includes interviews with migrant workers from Homestead, Florida.

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