Staging Military Occupation
This page displays scenes of the military occupation of the city of Detroit by the 46th Infantry Division of the Michigan National Guard and by the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions of the U.S. Army. The Policing and Social Justice HistoryLab digitized these images from the "Riots and Protests. Detroit 1967" files of the General Photographic Collection, Michigan State Archives, Lansing, Michigan. Many of these photographs were released by the Public Information Office of the Michigan National Guard.
When examining these images, consider how they represent the perspective of the National Guard and Army personnel and of these military divisions in an institutional sense. These images reveal very little about the perspectives of African Americans living in neighborhoods transformed into the occupied sections of Detroit under martial law, except to portray residents implicitly and explicitly as a criminalized population in a dangerous war zone. The captions were written by lab director Matt Lassiter and are not the original captions--those can be found on the citation page. Viewers are invited to consider what captions they believe would be most fitting.