Interview with Eleanor Josaitis
QUESTION 8
SHEILA C. BERNARD:

And when the riot happened in Detroit how did this all--

ELEANOR JOSAITIS:

It all came into place for me when the riot in the, in the 60s--


ELEANOR JOSAITIS:

In the, when the riot hit in 1967, I was at Sacred Heart Seminary for Mass on that Sunday, and remember looking out the window and seeing the smoke and seeing the police cars and hearing the sirens and hearing all the confusion and being told, "Get out of the city, get back, hurry up and get back into your own community." And my husband and I had been down there with our children and we went back to Taylor, and I called back to Sacred Heart Seminary on the telephone and spoke with Father Cunningham and he interpreted what was going on for me. The following day my next door neighbor and I went down and walked the streets to see for ourselves what was going on. First time in my life that my husband has ever been upset with me--and when I got back home he kept saying, "Eleanor, do you know what you're doing?" Because of the worry, and because of the fear, and because of the television,, ah, communication that was, was just putting it all before our eyes.