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Race Riots, Detroit: Twelfth Street, Detroit

Artist
Robert Clark Templeton, 11 May 1929 - 16 July 1991
Date
1967
Type
Painting
Medium
Pastel on paper
Dimensions
Sheet: 65.4 × 50.2 cm (25 3/4 × 19 3/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of Robert Templeton
Object number
NPG.78.TC167
Exhibition Label
The decade of the 1960s was an era of inordinate social unrest, especially in cities across the country where African Americans, frustrated by poverty, prejudice, and uncertainty about the future, took to the streets and rebelled. Rioting occurred in the summers of 1964, 1965, 1966, and what Time called the “violent summer of 1967.” The cover story for August 4 reported on Detroit, the nation’s fifth-largest city. During five days of looting and arson that left “skeletons of gutted homes, shops, supermarkets” smoldering over fourteen square miles, “there were 41 known dead, 347 injured, 3,800 arrested,” and some 5,000 people were made homeless. With 2,700 businesses ruined and estimates of $500 million in damages, Time called the mayhem in Detroit “the most sensational expression of an ugly mood of nihilism and anarchy that has ever gripped a small but significant segment of America’s Negro minority.”
Disturbios en Detroit
La década de 1960 fue un momento de suma agitación social, sobre todo en ciudades del país donde la población afroamericana, frustrada por la pobreza, el prejuicio y la inseguridad ante el futuro, se echó a las calles para rebelarse. Los disturbios ocurrieron durante los veranos de 1964, 1965, 1966 y lo que Time llamó el “violento verano de 1967”. El artículo principal del 4 de agosto era sobre Detroit, la quinta ciudad más grande de la nación. Durante cinco días de saqueos e incendios que dejaron humeantes “esqueletos de casas, tiendas y supermercados” en un área de catorce millas cuadradas, “hubo 41 muertos, 347 heridos, 3,800 arrestados” y unas 5,000 personas quedaron sin hogar. Con 2,700 negocios en ruinas y daños estimados en $500 millones, Time calificó este caos de Detroit como “la expresión más dramática de hostilidad, nihilismo y anarquía jamás vista en un segmento de la minoría negra estadounidense que, aunque pequeño, es significativo”.
Robert Templeton (1929–1991)
Pastel sobre papel, 1967
Portada de Time, 4 de agosto de 1967
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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