• I WAS THERE: Stephen Zucker

    Zucker, Stephen, Alter, Peter

    In 1968, Mr. Zucker worked for the City of Chicago as an assistant corporation counsel, a lawyer. He was involved in arrests and litigation surrounding the riots after Martin Luther King Jr.'s death,…

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  • I WAS THERE: Michael S. Glass

    Glass, Michael S, Grannan, Jill

    Mr. Glass, who was twenty at the time of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, grew up with a politically connected grandfather in Chicago's 24th ward. His grandfather arranged for Glass to be a gr…

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  • I WAS THERE: Jim and Hjordis Garner

    Garner, Jim, Garner, Hjordis, Long, Tim

    Hjordis grew up in west suburban Oak Park, Illinois and Jim, who was born in Missouri, graduated from college in Missouri and later entered the United States Navy. After school and military service, h…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Willie Morris Jr.

    Morris, Willie, Jr, Breakthrough Film Crew

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • I WAS THERE: Marian Shaw

    Shaw, Marian, Alter, Peter

    Ms. Shaw was widely involved in civil rights and social issues throughout her life. She described how, as a reporter for the Roosevelt University newspaper, she witnessed the rioting in Grant Park, in…

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  • I WAS THERE: John Viramontes

    Viramontes, John, Grannan, Jill

    Mr. Viramontes was sixteen years old and working in the coatroom of the Chicago Public Library's main building at East Randolph Street and North Michigan Avenue during the Democratic National Conventi…

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  • I WAS THERE: Helen Ann Bourke

    Bourke, Helen Ann, Russick, John

    A college student at the time of the convention, Helen showed visitors around Chicago while working for Senator Eugene McCarthy's campaign. As a greeter and "hostess,"she wore a sundress with large da…

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  • I WAS THERE: James R. Padar

    Padar, James R, Russick, John

    An officer in the Chicago Police Department for the 18th district, Padar was on duty during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in twelve hour shifts. Threats the week before the DNC made the pol…

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  • I WAS THERE: John Fitzgerald

    Fitzgerald, John, Bivins, Joy

    John Fitzgerald was a lifelong resident of the Rogers Park community area. He described a typical middle class upbringing in a household that was not political. Mr. Fitzgerald recounts extensive invol…

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  • I WAS THERE: Joan Bradbury

    Bradbury, Joan, Alter, Peter

    Ms. Bradbury was a graduate student at the University of Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. She attended a well-known demonstration in Grant Park during convention week and experi…

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  • I WAS THERE: Barbara Geiger

    Geiger, Barbara, Grannan, Jill

    Barbara was sixteen years old and living in west suburban Oak Park, Illinois with her family in 1968. Taking advantage of her parents being out of town, Barbara ventured downtown to volunteer at Senat…

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  • I WAS THERE: Judith Gidden

    Gidden, Judith, Alter, Peter

    Ms. Gidden worked as a Senator Eugene McCarthy "hostess"in the delegates' lounge at the Conrad Hilton Hotel. She did not support the protestors' methods. However, on Wednesday night during the riots,…

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  • I WAS THERE: Robert Remer

    Remer, Robert, Russick, John

    Having interned in Washington, D.C. for the Young Democrats, Mr. Remer volunteered for the Democratic Party during the Democratic National Convention, witnessing the preparations for the convention. H…

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  • I WAS THERE: Mary Kirby

    Kirby, Mary, Bivins, Joy

    Mary Kirby was born in Chicago in 1947 and raised in north suburban Waukegan, Illinois. Ms. Kirby's Irish Roman Catholic family was very involved in politics. Her father was an attorney, and her mothe…

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  • I WAS THERE: Bernard Judge

    Judge, Bernard, Russick, John

    A reporter for the Chicago Tribune in Lincoln Park during the Democraitc National Convention, Mr. Judge witnessed the tensions between police and protestors. He was later assigned a body guard by the…

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  • I WAS THERE: James M. Merrion

    Merrion, James M, Grannan, Jill

    Mr. Merrion was a student at DePaul University College of Law in 1968 when he volunteered at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). He was assigned to the Conrad Hilton Hotel as a driver for lower-…

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  • I WAS THERE: Ronald Smith

    Smith, Ronald C, Grannan, Jill

    Mr. Ronald Smith was on the frontlines of the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Working as a beat officer for the Chicago Police Department, personnel from his district were transported to Grant Pa…

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  • I WAS THERE: Marilyn Katz

    Katz, Marilyn, Mahoney, Olivia

    Marilyn Katz was born and raised in the East Rogers Park neighborhood. In the mid-1960s, while a student at Northwestern University, she joined the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and started…

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  • I WAS THERE: Sue Levins

    Levins, Sue, Long, Tim

    Sue Levins grew up in a middle-class family in Skokie and was home on summer vacation from her studies at the University of Miami during the 1968 convention. She went to Lincoln Park on the first day…

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  • I WAS THERE: Brian Biernacki

    Biernacki, Brian, Long, Tim

    Bernard Biernacki was born in Chicago and lived in the Bridgeport community area until his marriage in the mid-1970s. At that point, he and his wife moved to west suburban Aurora. While studying journ…

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