Tipton, Leo. Detroit Race Riot

1940-1949

Portrait of Leo Tipton, sitting in chair holding his hat. "Leo Tipton and Charles (Little Willie) Lyons told a black crowd at the Forest Social Club, 700 Forest, that whites had thrown a black woman and her baby off the Belle Isle Bridge, more than 500 angry and fearful patrons swarmed onto the street, the angry crowd moved to Woodward, near Paradise Valley, breaking windows and looting stores ... Tipton and Little, the two blacks linked to the original rumor, were sentenced to two-to-five years for inciting a riot." from Detroit News article, The 1943 Detroit Race Riots, by Vivian M. Baulch and Patricia Zacharias.


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