On January 18, 2017, StoryCorps visited the Urban Consulate in Detroit to record a series of conversations with Detroiters. We asked storytellers to reflect on their history in the city and share thoughts on Detroit's past, present & future.

The recordings mark a historic moment in time: the final days of Barack Obama's presidency, Detroit's rise out of bankruptcy, and the 50th anniversary year of Detroit's 1967 rebellion.

Consider it a time capsule of a city & country in transition. Thanks to Justin & Francesco for traveling from Chicago to capture these stories:


The StoryCorps mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Since 2003, StoryCorps has given a quarter of a million Americans the chance to record interviews about their lives, to pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and to leave a legacy for the future. It is the largest collection of human voices ever gathered. Learn more and share your story at StoryCorps.org.

  Justin Williams of StoryCorps & Detroit writer Marsha Music

Justin Williams of StoryCorps & Detroit writer Marsha Music