Posted 3 years ago
I so remember having to go through check points to get to hospital I have shown in 2nd photo a actual check stop by National Guard at the time . I was given this card and you better have it on you at all times . It was a sad time in our history and no I never rioted . But as a Nurse I could pass through riot area's that is what this card was for to show troops . I have covered my name and SS number :-) It is time I will not forget . How many had these passes and do you remember them ?
The 1960's were full of turmoil across the country. War, assassinations, and rioting threw Milwaukee Police Officers in the middle of
violent clashes as battle erupted on the streets. Open housing marches went on for 200 nights in a row. Anti-war protesters on
Milwaukee's east side clashed with officers at Water Tower Park and Brady Street. Riots tore at the inner-city neighborhoods. During all
of this MPD officers did their best to prevail and keep the peace. This was during Vietnam War and I became a Nam Nurse shortly after this pass was issued .
Riots were also for racial equality
The 16th Street Bridge, also known as the 16th Street Viaduct, links Milwaukee's North Side to the South Side. This bridge was considered the "Mason-Dixon Line" of Milwaukee, separating the city's white and black communities. During the 1960s, blacks resided on the city's North Side while the city's South Side was overwhelmingly occupied by whites. On Monday, August 28, 1967, close to 200 NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Youth Council members and supporters marched across the bridge to the South Side's Kosciuszko Park. Upon reaching the South Side, marchers were greeted by a hostile crowd of thousands of white counterprotesters. The violent crowd hurled eggs, rocks, and bottles at Youth Council members. The following night, the Youth Council marched again to the South Side. This time they were confronted by even more hecklers. Some counterdemonstrators held up signs and posters with derogatory messages on them while others continuously pelted hard objects at the young marchers. In 1988, Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist and the Milwaukee Common Council renamed the 16th Street Bridge the James E. Groppi Unity Bridge. EM
( this site shows check points and what they looked like )