Comparing Sherman Park violence to Milwaukee's 1967 riot

Posted at 6:54 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 19:59:18-04

MILWAUKEE -- The cost of damage to eight businesses that were burned during violence could exceed several million dollars.
It's now a waiting game to see if any in Sherman Park will rebuild. It's reminiscent of another troubling moment in Milwaukee's history.
Historian Clayborn Benson spoke about about a once flourishing part of the city on 3rd Street, now called Martin Luther King Junior Drive.

Many of those businesses were abandoned in the 1960's.
"The riot that occurred here made people pull out their investments and move on," said Clayborn Benson, Wisconsin Black Historical Society.
Benson believes rebuilding will happen in the Sherman Park area, because it is a residential area.

Benson points to history once again to make rebuilding a success, saying there needs to be government grants and investment in black-owned businesses to ensure they will thrive.

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