baltimore riots 1968 timeline

Whites exchange insults with black youths, bottles and bricks are thrown, four cars driven by blacks are damaged by rocks. Looting is seen in the 2400 block of Hollins Ferry Road at a grocery store. A jewelry store on Eastern is looted. Agnew reportedly doesn't believe them. • 2 p.m.—Curfew hour is ordered advanced to 4 p.m. The 1968 rioting began in East Baltimore, as supermarkets, furniture stores, taverns and other shops were ransacked and burned. These were (roughly), the XVIII Airborne Corps troops, the Maryland National Guard, and troops from the 197th Infantry Brigade from Fort Benning, Georgia (which arrived two days later). • 3:30 p.m.—The eastern command post runs out of police cars. • 11:45 p.m.—The Fire Department refuses ambulance service for non-emergency sick cases. The riot included crowds filling the streets, burning and looting local businesses, and confronting the police and national guard. As whites enter these predominantly black projects, Guardsmen arrive, forcing whites east of Broadway and blacks west to create a three-block buffer zone. [1], A total of 10,956 troops had been deployed. Some cars are covered in signs that say "Soul Brother" or "Black Brother," mostly driven by blacks with headlights on as a funeral solute to King. Robert L. Bogomolny Library Special Collections. ... a National Guardsman stands at a Detroit intersection during riots in the city. Gen. York, the mayor and Pomerleau spend more than two hours traveling through the city. Crowds chant "We've got the key to the city" and "We shall overcome." • 6 p.m.—Looting at Gay and Monument streets SLIDESHOW: Baltimore Riots. In the 1600 block of Warwick Road a house is burned. [3] At this point, some reports described about a thousand people in the crowd, which moved north on Gay St. up to Harford Rd. [1], In the next few days,[when?] • 10:30 p.m.—Violence on Gay Street is declared "out of control." A new curfew is announced. The Baltimore riot of 1968 was a period of civil unrest that lasted from April 6 to April 14, 1968, in Baltimore.The uprising included crowds filling the streets, burning and looting local businesses, and confronting the police and national guard. Looting increases, while fires decrease from Saturday. A fire is reported on Fayette St. east of Broadway. Nonviolent civil rights organizations send sound trucks through the riot areas urging residents to remain in their homes. • 8 p.m./8:10 p.m.—Maryland Gov. All are false. At Lexington and Gilmore, 50 people loot a drug store, and another 200 cheer them on. Mass racial violence in the United States, also called race riots, can include such disparate events as: . At North and Linden, a crowd of 150 people witness three stores and several vacant buildings burn. Tear gas is used to disperse crowds in the area. • 10:10 p.m.—Gov. • Before 3 p.m.—More than 50 Guardsmen stand a block away as a store at Fulton Ave. and Baker St. is looted. During the day there were only a few scattered incidents there. Troops are assigned to ride on fire trucks to protect firefighters. • Noon—All banks and all seven of the city's markets (most in riot areas) are open. Fire and unruly crowds are reported in the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Harford St. All cars ordered back to patrol, leaving prisoners jailed unofficially and the National Guard patrolling the post. At North and Baddish, fires are reported. • 9 a.m.—Deadline for federal troops to clear out of the 5th Regiment Armory. The store is looted and then burned along with and three other stores. The Baltimore riot of 1968 was a period of civil unrest that lasted from April 6 to April 14, 1968, in Baltimore.The uprising included crowds filling the streets, burning and looting local businesses, and confronting the police and national guard. • 9 a.m.—By this point, police report that looting has picked up in the Western District and is causing more devastation than was seen on the east side, which was already damaged by mobs. There is no arson in this area near the city line. A fire is reported at W. North Ave, and surrounding stores are burglarized. Of that number, 175 curfew cases are tried. Agnew announces that conditions are improved, enough to possibly modify or remove entirely the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages in the city and five counties Hospitals on the west side ask for police protection. Lootings drop to less than 10 an hour during the night. A race riot by 400 black prisoners breaks out at the Maryland Training Center. Two new fires bring the total to 1,208. During the rally an anonymous bomb threat was called in. A black driver ducking from rocks thrown by whites loses control of his car and causes a three-car collision. to Fulton Ave., are a "no man's land." The driver gets out of the car and is jumped by the mob. Monday, June 2, 1958 Juvenile court cases are postponed to Monday. There are only 10 new lootings on this day. In the Lower Broadway area, a crowd gathers and heads towards stores in Forest Park, where rioters do damage. At Baker St. and Fulton there is looting. Homes burn on N. Broadway. In the 1300 block of  Edmondson Ave., a pawn shop is looted and 73 rifles are stolen. By Agence France-Presse. • Late morning/early afternoon—Police cars are lined up at Gay and Aisquith expecting calls. In the 2000 block of Edmondson Ave. and in the 900 and 1200 block of W. Baltimore, heavy looting is reported. No alcohol is sold in Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Howard counties. The mood of the crowds is "uglier" than on Saturday. • 10 p.m.— A drug and liquor store at Windsor Mill Rd. of Agriculture sends in trucks with nonperishable food at night. In the 1400 block of Presstman St., there is a looting. York. A crowd formed on Gay St. in East Baltimore, and by 5 pm some windows on the 400 block had been smashed. Royal Ave. and Monroe St. on North Ave. has been hit. The incipient urban depopulation that occurred between 1950 and 1960—from 950,000 to 939,000 residents, the city's first decrease since 1800—snowballed after the riots. Agnew asks in telegrams to Pres. Crowds gather to watch. Nix, Elizabeth, and Jessica Elfenbein, eds., University of Baltimore 1968 Riot site, "Baltimore '68: Riots and Rebirth", ", Maryland State Archives Document Packet, prepared by, This page was last edited on 1 February 2021, at 22:47. During the riots cars were turned over and set on fire and bottles and rocks were thrown at officers. • Midnight—Fresh gunfire at Flag House Housing Project draws police back. An unruly mob gathers in the 2400 block of Barclay St., and a crowd of looters moves in on a warehouse at Guilford and Biddle St. Much of this occurs just 20 minutes before the curfew begins. • King speaks during the Baltimore Freedom Rally before a crowd of more than 8,000 at the Baltimore Civic Center. • 8 p.m.—In the first hour of the curfew, reports of trouble continue to reach police, though the number is dropping. They also suffered disproportionately from the decline in Baltimore's manufacturing sector. To date, there have been six deaths, 1,075 lootings, and 1,032 fires. [1] On the afternoon of April 9, federal troops dispersed crowds at a permitted peace rally, apparently unaware that General Gelston had issued a permit for the event. • 8:50 a.m.—A bomb is found in the 2700 block of N. Charles St. Another two are burned. Three men are arrested, but none were snipers, the injured man is taken to the hospital in serious condition. Baltimore then becomes relatively quiet. In the 900 block of Whitelock, rioting is reported. Agnew releases a proclamation allowing banks to remain closed this day if the managers find it necessary. A fire takes place in a store in the 900 block of W. North Ave.; it is burned along with three other buildings. Lootings are minor, but the total edges toward 2,000. [1], When violent protest broke out in Baltimore on April 6, nearly the entire Maryland National Guard, both Army and Air, were called up to deal with the unrest. This episode is just over the county line. As of this day, Hopkins Hospital reports 74 lacerations, 12 gunshot wounds, one tear gas inhalation, three fractures, four stabbings, one bout of hysteria and two burnings resulting in death. • 9 p.m.—At Calvert and Lanvale streets, sniper fire pins police as they try to move a truckload of curfew violators. West side looting quickens; problems reported in the 1500-1700 blocks of Pennsylvania Ave. Police try to seal off the area, but teens circle back to loot liquor stores, with occasional rock and bottle throwing. The wave of looting appears to go from liquor stores, to electrical appliance stores, then food stores, followed by pawn shops for firearms, then jewelry stores and loan shops for money and valuables. A tall white man runs past and fires three shots into the car at the children, then runs south and drops a pistol. Rioting spills out from "Negro Slums east and west of Downtown area along main streets in all directions," according to one newspaper headline. In the 2000 block of Edmondson Ave., looting of clothing stores takes place, and 50 are arrested on Baltimore St. from Pine St. west. Sales of alcohol, flammables in containers, and firearms are banned in city. J. Timothy Bodie, an old friend of King's father, invited him to make the guest presentation. Dozens of police raids take place on this morning. It is based on what little historical information about the unrest is available from common sources. • 11 p.m.—Sharp drop in looting and fires between 9 and this point. • 6 p.m.—Troops from the 18th Corps Airborne Artillery are bused into Druid Hill Park from Andrews Air Force base in Prince George County. Monday, April 8, 1968 In West Baltimore, soldiers with bayonets block the intersection of Fulton Ave. and Baker St. and Lanvale St. Looting is reported at Pressman St. and Fulton Ave. About 50 looters strike an abandoned liquor store three blocks south on Pressman. A store is looted in the 4600 block of Park Heights Ave. From 1970 to 1980, Baltimore's population declined from 906,000 to 787,000. They are then attacked by hurled glass bottles. Known from its history and reputation as mob city, Baltimore has experienced riots regarding race issues and civil rights before. [4], Baltimore remained peaceful into the day on April 6. "The Dream Deferred: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Holy Week Uprisings of 1968,". Gay St. to Broadway appears to be the center of problems. • 10:15 p.m.—Governor's spokesman announces that the statement on liquor sales still stands. • 4:20 p.m.—A black family driving by the area mentioned above is stoned. At Sixth and Church streets in Brooklyn Heights there is looting. Fire breaks out in several buildings in the 2200 block of Fulton Ave. The same thing happens at Gay from Chase to Orleans. • 9.15 p.m.—Gov. Army helicopters patrol. George H. 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