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Seventy-five years ago, a deadly race riot broke out on Belle Isle

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Twenty-five of the 34 people killed in the 1943 race riots were African-American.

Today marks an infamous anniversary in our state. Seventy-five years ago today, a brawl between African-Americans and whites began on the Belle Isle Bridge.

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Jamon Jordan runs Black Scroll Network History & Tours.

It would soon devolve into a 36-hour race riot which resulted in the deaths of 34 people. Twenty-five of those killed were African-American. To describe the scene which sparked the riot, Stateside talked to Jamon Jordan, the tour leader and historian for Black Scroll Network History and Tours

Listen above to hear Jordan tell the story of racial tension and violence against Detroit's African American community from the same place where the fight started. 

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