baltimore riots 1968 timeline

Things quiet down. East Baltimore police send 400-500 Guardsmen armed with bayonets onto Aisquith to 25th St. to stop curfew violators. Workers clean up debris from lootings and fires on the west side. • King visits Baltimore. • 11 a.m.—At Whitelock St. and Callow Ave., a fire is reported at a Buick service station; an unruly crowd gathers near firemen. Racially based communal conflict against African Americans that took place before the American Civil War, often in relation to attempted slave revolts, and after the war, in relation to tensions under Reconstruction and later efforts to suppress black voting and institute Jim Crow Second use of tear gas in an hour at Dukeland St. and Lafayette Ave. • 9 a.m.—Prohibition on selling containers of flammable materials is lifted. They break up by 3:30 p.m. as the police K-9 corps moves in. More from the series, “ DC Uprising: Voices from the 1968 Riots .” Nonviolent civil rights organizations send sound trucks through the riot areas urging residents to remain in their homes. • Evening—Sporadic fires burn throughout the night, many between 10 p.m. and midnight and concentrated in a single square mile bounded by North Ave., Preston St., Harford Road and Milton St. Teenagers roam the streets, throwing rocks and bricks at cars driven by whites along Monroe near Franklin and on E. Baltimore St. near Smallwood. This day also marks the end of marathon duty hours for troops, policemen, and firefighters. A new curfew is announced. This riots resulted in 472 arrests and 2 dead. So did the city's population. 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. Downtown stores reopen. • 7 a.m.—The curfew is lifted, and motorists from outside the city are allowed in. • 8 p.m.—In the first hour of the curfew, reports of trouble continue to reach police, though the number is dropping. Saturday, April 13, 1968 The Baltimore riot of 1968 was a period of civil unrest that lasted from April 6 to April 14, 1968, in Baltimore. Six stores are looted on Edmondson Ave. and Payson St. About 300 people mill about in the 2400 block of Barclay St. Two stores on Greenmount in the 1200 block are burned. George H. Cook A National Guardsman stands atop the City Hail, where many of the people arrested during the riots have been incarcerated. J. Timothy Bodie, an old friend of King's father, invited him to make the guest presentation. Rioting reported near the Murphy Homes at Myrtle Ave. and Hoffman. A 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew is ordered again. During a news conference he presses the federal government to pass a fair housing law and calls for Americans to begin electing persons to office based on their ability and not their skin color. It is based on what little historical information about the unrest is available from common sources. The day that followed was a day of rememberance in Baltimore where people mourned the loss of a great leader. At Sixth and Church streets in Brooklyn Heights there is looting. In History. [1], Violence decreased after April 9, and the Baltimore Orioles played their opening game the next day, though the April 12 James Brown concert remained cancelled. At Federal and Milton, a fire breaks out in a liquor store. April 5, 1968 was viewed as the calm before the storm. Lootings are minor, but the total edges toward 2,000. Another 1,900 federal troops move into Baltimore in the afternoon, setting up field headquarters at the zoo. 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Known from its history and reputation as mob city, Baltimore has experienced riots regarding race issues and civil rights before. The hot spot area of the night is in the Western district, where fires and looting are reported in an area bounded by Lake Drive and Gwynn Falls Pkwy on the north, Poplar Grove St. on the west, Baltimore St. on the south, and Green St. on the east. The federal force, Task Force Baltimore, was organized into three brigades and a reserve. He puts in place a curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. From the 2200 to the 1700 block of Monument St., at least 15 stores are looted. The 11,000 Army and National Guard troops remain in Baltimore to assure that relative peace is kept. • 8:45 p.m.—The worst fire yet is reported, at an A&P in the 1400 block of N. Milton in East Baltimore. At Lafayette and Fulton avenues, and in the 900 block of Fulton, police respond to sniper warnings. The capacity of the jail is 1,700, but curfew violators and looters fill it to 2,200. A murder is reported at Lucas Tavern in the 400 block of N. Carey St. (The incident is questionably related to the riot). • 10 a.m.—More sniper fire at Aisquith and Curtain streets. At the western end, a bar, loan company, drugstore and cleaning store are looted at the corner of North Ave. and Pulaski St. [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. • 9 a.m.—Several fires are reported on the east side, but the west side is quiet. The following is a sampling of calls made to the Civil Defense command post in northeast Baltimore after that 4 p.m. curfew: 5:05 p.m.—Fire in 600 block Barnes St. Troops are assigned to ride on fire trucks to protect firefighters. As the east side calms, the west explodes into a what is described as a "liquor crazed frenzy of looting and carousing." •No significant occurrences In the 800 block of W. Baltimore St., another furniture store is looted. An officer arrives and prevents serious violence by firing into the air. Three hundred people gathered peacefully around noon for a memorial service, which lasted until 2 pm without incident. 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. • 11:10 p.m.—Fire truck returns, but the buildings are lost. • Morning— A "whirlwind tour" is taken by the mayor, who is accompanied by Sen. Joseph Tydings. The Adjutant General of Maryland, Major General George M. Gelston, commanded the National Guard force and also was given control of local and state police forces in the city (approximately 1,900 police officers). Most are charged with looting and burning. The fire is centered at 1017 E. Lombard St. and burns Smelkinson's Dairy, Attman's Deli, a sandwich shop, and another store next to it. This was and continues in large part to be why we had these types of riots, and at the time the police took signs and made arrests, but the media seemed to think it was OK to take a sign that one guy made, and re-print it and circulate to more than one hundred thousand readers, in nearly every state in the country. Police arrest 10 looters at a pawn shop at Bond and Monument streets; the store is later set on fire. At Guilford and 21st St., looting is reported. At Ashland and Broadway, a drycleaners is burned. A fire is reported at W. North Ave, and surrounding stores are burglarized. At Edmondson Village Shopping Center, three stores have shattered windows. • 4 p.m.—Commemorative interdenominational service • 3 p.m.—Until 3:45 p.m. at Pratt and Pulaski, 250 whites gather and shout "white power," blocking North Ave. On Frederick Ave., a smaller crowd of blacks gathers. 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. In the first block of N. Caroline St., a pawn shop owner is ordered by police to hand over all his store's shotguns. In the 200 block of E. Preston, a food market is broken into. Agnew extends the curfew to Baltimore County. The uprising had broken out mainly in the black neighborhoods of East and West Baltimore[11] in which extensive property damage and looting occurred. 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. In the Lower Broadway area, a crowd gathers and heads towards stores in Forest Park, where rioters do damage. Many of the businesses destroyed in the uprising were located along the main commercial avenues of the neighborhoods and were often owned by people of a Jewish background. A fire is reported on Fayette St. east of Broadway. Pennsylvania Ave. takes on the appearance of a "ghost town" according to published reports. 2 p.m.—Gov. Minutes later, fire erupts across the street. • Summary: Insurers estimate Baltimore losses at $8-10 million. The total complement of troops in the city is 10,848. A lot of phones have no dial tone, caused by the massive numbers of people reporting on the riots or telling others they are safe or calling for a phone repairman during the disturbances. Student attendance rises but remains below normal. At Lexington and Gillmor, some apartments are burned. The immediate cause of the riot was the April 4 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee, which triggered unrest in over 100 cities There is no arson in this area near the city line. March 1968 • 11 p.m.—Police struggle with a fire hydrant after firefighters leave for fear of snipers. • Night—At least 110 communities across the country are hit by post-assassination violence, with approximately 29 percent of all arrests made in Baltimore. Blacks and whites work together to quell four fires beside the B&O tracks near Howard, Sisson, and 26th streets on the west side. A store is looted and burned in the 2300 block of Hollins Ferry Road. • 2 a.m.—Guardsmen protect firefighters. [1], A total of 10,956 troops had been deployed. In the 2100 block of W. Baltimore St., a bus driver is robbed. The uprising included crowds filling the streets, burning and looting local businesses, and confronting the police and national guard. Fire is reported in the 500 block of Roberts St. Looting of a burned out pawn shop at Bond and Monument is reported. • King is scheduled to visit Baltimore but changes his plans and goes to Memphis, Tenn. to march with striking sanitation workers. Looters strike the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Ave. • Martin Luther King, Jr. gives a speech at he Omega Psi Phi fraternity annual convention at Morgan State College in Baltimore, MD. 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. A fire takes place in a store in the 900 block of W. North Ave.; it is burned along with three other buildings. This is by no means a comprehensive document. Sporadic fires and pillaging are reported on the west side. A hit-and-run pattern of looting means that there are few clashes between looters and troops. About 500 of more than 5,700 persons arrested remain to be tried on various charges, mostly for curfew violations. In the 500 block of Roberts St., soldiers and policemen confront a mob with torches. The 1,300 troops of the Maryland Air National Guard were organized in a provisional battalion and used to guard critical infrastructure throughout the city, as well as an ad hoc detention facility at the Baltimore Civic Center. When necessary or indicated, contextual background material, or certain subsequent events will be referenced in the text. In the 100 block of E. Lafayette Ave., another bar is looted. The main cause of the riots by the Black Baltimoreans was caused by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4. Police say that it appears that nearly every store between Mt. • 4:20 p.m.—A black family driving by the area mentioned above is stoned. The intersection of Fulton Ave. and Baker St. is cordoned off. A A shooting at 1200 block St. James St. is reported, following more looting in the 800 block of N. Gay. Eastern High Schol is repurposed as a refugee center. Looting at a liquor store at Baker St. and Fulton Ave. is reported. December 29, 1956 Police move in to seal Gay St. from the 400 to 700 block (side streets as well). Some 1,000 to 1,500 business owners are expected to meet at the Pikesville fire hall to discuss ways of getting help and of protecting against future disturbances. These events are sometimes described as the Holy Week Uprising.[1]. Rioting spills out from "Negro Slums east and west of Downtown area along main streets in all directions," according to one newspaper headline. April 1, 1965 Monument and Bond sees two fires. [6] Task Force Baltimore peaked at 11,570 Army and National Guard troops on April 9, of which all but about 500 were committed to riot control duties. Arrests drop from 62 between 4 and 5 p.m. to 21 in the next hour, lootings from 30 to nine and fires from five to one. Thirty-two are treated for injuries, and 47 fires are set in the area overnight. More than 700 businesses have been robbed. 1968: Year of Social Change and Turning Point in Vietnam and the U.S. Introduction “The end result is that this nation’s people are almost totally frustrated. Since midnight, there have been 76 lootings and 10 fires. Detroit Riot This riot was before Martin Luther kIng Jr. assasination and the mehem uplifted when police officers raided a bar calld the Blind Pig. Precautionary moves are taken by officials in the early afternoon to protect the downtown shopping area. If you have any requests or questions regarding the use of the transcript or supporting documents, please contact us: Robert l. Bogomolny Library Gangs are rumored to be using walkie talkies to figure out where police and troops are. A race riot by 400 black prisoners breaks out at the Maryland Training Center. Night court plans are made to accommodate the large numbers of arrests made on the west side. SLIDESHOW: Baltimore Riots. to Fulton Ave., are a "no man's land." • 7:40 a.m.—A looter is shot in an alley behind the 800 block of N. Aisquith St. [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. 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). • 2 p.m.—At Harford and Lafayette a saloon is looted and one man arrested. A graph by police statisticians shows that most riot activity occurs in the city's high crime areas. •Heavy violence in other cities including Detroit and Washington, D.C. Saturday, April 6, 1968 There are unconfirmed reports of snipers, bringing state police and soldiers in to protect firemen. A tall white man runs past and fires three shots into the car at the children, then runs south and drops a pistol. • 10:30 p.m.—Reports of sniper fire in the 4000 block Edmondson Ave. Sniper activity also at Baltimore and Monroe streets. Also, reports of looting in Baltimore St. stores from Pine St. to the west are investigated. A fire in Club Savoy at Bond and Monument streets is called in. The car leaves for the hospital. July 1, 1966 • Late afternoon—People hoard food because of curfews and fear. Ave. and Franklin St. Firemen respond but pull back when sniper fire continues. Looting in the 900 block of Whitelock St. is reported, and troops cordon off the area. • 3 p.m.—A police command post at Gay and Aisquith reports that between 400 and 500 people are looting stores near Monument and Bond Streets and Sinclair Lane. The mood of the crowds is "uglier" than on Saturday. 5:50 p.m.—Fire at N. Washington and Eager. • 11:30 a.m.—Soldiers use tear gas to break up a crowd of about 300 blacks who smashed the windows of a grocery at North Ave. and Chester St. Martin Luther King Jr., who was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968… Spiro Agnew, the Governor of Maryland, called out thousands of National Guard troops and 500 Maryland State Police to quell the disturbance. Alarms go off all night on Gay St. from 400 to the 1100 block. Prohibition of firearms and explosive sales remain in place. Fire fighting begins again. Homes burn on N. Broadway. Mitchell IV, 5. One of the major outcomes of the uprising was the attention Spiro Agnew received when he criticized local black leaders for not doing enough to help stop the disturbance. Things are relatively calm. In the 1700 block of Madison Avenue, arson is reported. • Midnight—By this point, six sniper incidents have been reported: Gilmore and Baker, the 1600 block of Calvert, Lombard and Lloyd, Monroe and Baltimore, Biddle and Argyle, and the 2900 block of The Alameda. Twenty shotguns are ordered sent up from the Armory, and four cruisers are sent to disperse a crowd of hundreds of youths at Ashland and Central Ave. At Monument and Bond, a pawn shop is looted. Baltimore accounts for a quarter of all national arrests and about a seventh of all post-assassination riot deaths. On April 6, 1968, two days after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Baltimore, like many other cities across the country, found itself engulfed in riots. Fire captain is injured by a thrown glass bottle in the 1000 block of N. Gay. December 20, 1963 • Midnight—Despite the curfew, looting and burning start up again. A firebomb attack is rumored in the Guilford area. of Agriculture sends in trucks with nonperishable food at night. Agnew says he is disappointed with the black community's leadership. In the 1000 block of W. Baltimore St., a surplus store is hit by a multi-alarm fire. 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. A liquor store at Presstman and N. Calhoun streets is robbed. Friday, April 5, 1968 •National Guard on standby •No significant occurrences •Heavy violence in other cities including Detroit and Washington, D.C. Around that time, a block away at McHenry and Payson, a fight breaks out between several whites and two blacks. The block between 1700 and 2200 Monument is hard hit, with at least 15 stores heavily damaged. In the 900 block of W. North Ave., fires break out at a surplus store and three other buildings at Linden and North Ave. Looters are reported at the market a half block away. • 6 p.m.—Looting at Gay and Monument streets Seven in Pikesville are arrested for violating the curfew. In the 3800 block of Clifton Ave. looters are seen. 1415 Maryland Avenue Baltimore, MD 21201-5779 The Baltimore Riot of 1968 was an uprising of black Baltimoreans lasting from April 6 to April 14. Army helicopters patrol. Disorderly crowds are reported in the 200 block of Edmondson Ave. and at Dukeland St. and Edmondson Ave. A thrown brick cuts a patrolman's head. • 2.30 p.m.—A grocery store and home at 1700 Madison Ave., looted Sunday night, are burned. Gay St. area merchants, armed with rifles, board up their stores. • 3 p.m.—In the 3400-4000 blocks of Edmondson Ave., hundreds of people are on the street. • 7:30 a.m.—After a lull, looting picks up again Early on April 12, federal troops began to depart and by 6 pm that evening responsibility for riot control returned to the National Guard. Material on this site may be quoted or reproduced for personal and educational purposes without prior permission, provided appropriate credit is given. Its maximum capacity is 2.500. This episode is just over the county line. Holly St., there is looting and burning of grocery and liquor stores. When Alan Shane Dillingham, a historian at Spring Hill College in Alabama, lectures on the 1960s he starts by displaying a timeline of the decade’s most iconic, tumultuous year — 1968. Fires in other areas are sporadic. and Greenmount Ave. Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro III was unable to respond effectively. The fire department received five bomb threats, four in city schools. In West Baltimore, soldiers with bayonets block the intersection of Fulton Ave. and Baker St. In the 1800 block of Harford Ave., four houses burn in two hours. • 11 a.m.—Between 10 a.m. and this point, when King's funeral begins, 13 lootings and one fire are reported, with 49 arrests. • 11:15 p.m.—National Guard troops move from the 5th Regiment Armory on trucks. • Noon—Peaceful gathering of 300 at memorial service for King It was not until the following day, April 6, 1968, that the riot broke out. • 9 a.m.—Deadline for federal troops to clear out of the 5th Regiment Armory. • 4 p.m.—At Monroe and Pratt, a crowd of white youths gather restlessly. • 10:45 p.m.—In the 900 block of N. Gay a jewelry store is firebombed. Pennsylvania and Lafayette show more looting. In the 2600 block of Harford Road, a bar that refused to serve blacks is looted. • Noon—Fires start up again on the east side, consuming a liquor store at Milton Ave. and Federal St., a warehouse at Federal and Holbrook, and stores at  Harford Ave. and Lanvale. There is looting in the 500 block of Washington Blvd. The first use of tear gas by National Guard takes place at the American Brewery complex. At North Ave., looting is at its heaviest anywhere in the city. Looting takes place on Division St. Two new fires bring the total to 1,208. • Basic Information: The arrest total since 6 p.m. Saturday stands at 4,424. Sales of alcohol and firearms were immediately banned. More sniper shots reported by police. A white man is shot at the same time. • Noon—All banks and all seven of the city's markets (most in riot areas) are open. During this day alone, 332 fires are fought, and 466 arrests are made. Aid from the state insurance commission is made available at the Enoch Pratt Library. 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