Johnson and the Maryland Congressional delegation that quick action be taken to bring damage caused by riots within the terms of federal disaster relief. Guardsmen enter projects in attempt to find the sniper. Guardsmen shoot back at people throwing stones and bottles and shooting in housing projects. • 11 p.m.—Sharp drop in looting and fires between 9 and this point. This is by no means a comprehensive document. In the 2300 block of Callow Ave., a drugstore is vandalized and looted. • 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. • Summary for the day: Three killed, 70 hurt, 100 arrested, high levels of violence, looting downtown, 250 fire alarms. • Night—Firebombs spread across North Ave. to Forest Park directly below Druid Hill Lake, up Harford Road to Clifton Park, and west along U.S. 40 to Edmondson Village and south to W. Baltimore St. At 705 Whitelock St. an auto garage is burned and a black-owned barber shop is damaged. • Summary: Riot losses are estimated at $10 million, enough to classify Baltimore as a catastrophe area—although it is learned that federal disaster relief does not cover riots and civil disorder. Rev. From the 2200 to the 1700 block of Monument St., at least 15 stores are looted. 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. Aid from the state insurance commission is made available at the Enoch Pratt Library. • 6 p.m.—Between 5 and 6 p.m., trouble subsides. • Summary: Insurers estimate Baltimore losses at $8-10 million. The supporting data were compiled mostly from local newspaper accounts of the events. Rioting spills up Harford Road as far as Clifton Park and all the way out to Edmondson Village Shopping Center. A 40-block swath of the east and west mid sections of the city have been impacted by rioting. Guardsmen make a sweep through the east side. • 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.—Looting peaks, with 128 incidents logged. All schools, most businesses, and almost all offices in the city are closed. Fire goes to two alarms by 6:40 p.m. 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 four-alarm fire breaks out at Guilford and Lanvale St. At Madison and Gay, windows are kicked in at Midway Gas Station. At the city jail, inmates briefly refuse to return to cells after lunch. 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 During the day there were only a few scattered incidents there. April 5, 1968 was viewed as the calm before the storm. The Levinson and Klein store at Monument and Chester streets is looted. In addition, an active Army soldier died in a traffic accident while redeploying from the city. A tall white man runs past and fires three shots into the car at the children, then runs south and drops a pistol. 1415 Maryland Avenue Baltimore, MD 21201-5779 Precautionary moves are taken by officials in the early afternoon to protect the downtown shopping area. Plans are announced for at least one more night of curfew. The Eastern Police District runs short of men. • Morning— A "whirlwind tour" is taken by the mayor, who is accompanied by Sen. Joseph Tydings. Gangs are rumored to be using walkie talkies to figure out where police and troops are. The riot included crowds filling the streets, burning and looting local businesses, and confronting the police and national guard. • 9:30 p.m.— Baltimore police set up a command post at Park Circle. Three men are arrested, but none were snipers, the injured man is taken to the hospital in serious condition. Looting is reported in the 1800 block of Greenmount Ave. Police worry that the National Guard is not protecting all critical spots. • 4:20 p.m.—A black family driving by the area mentioned above is stoned. Four blocks of Harford Ave., from Federal St. to North Ave., that were hard hit by Saturday night's arson and looting erupt again. • 8 p.m.—In the first hour of the curfew, reports of trouble continue to reach police, though the number is dropping. There are so many people under arrest that school buses are being used to transport them instead of police wagons and patrol cars. Boundaries of violence extend from Greenmount, North Ave., Chester and Baltimore. 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). A fire is reported at W. North Ave, and surrounding stores are burglarized. In the 1800 block of Harford Ave., four houses burn in two hours. Agnew commits the National Guard. Agnew releases a proclamation allowing banks to remain closed this day if the managers find it necessary. • 8 p.m./8:10 p.m.—Maryland Gov. East Baltimore police send 400-500 Guardsmen armed with bayonets onto Aisquith to 25th St. to stop curfew violators. A race riot by 400 black prisoners breaks out at the Maryland Training Center. • 6 p.m.—Looting at Gay and Monument streets Whites exchange insults with black youths, bottles and bricks are thrown, four cars driven by blacks are damaged by rocks. Looting steps up and the west side's first major fires begin shortly before noon. • Basic Information: The arrest total since 6 p.m. Saturday stands at 4,424. There is a fire at 21st St. and Greenmount Ave., with one store and three homes burned, and a surplus store burned and looted. Scattered looting is reported at Baltimore and Pine streets. At Baker St. and Fulton there is looting. Fires in the 2700 block of Pennsylvania consume five stores and the apartments above. Cars parked on East Baltimore streets are looted for parts and tires. In the Ashland Ave. and Aisquith St. area, there are disturbances which generate a police response. • 8:45 p.m.—The worst fire yet is reported, at an A&P in the 1400 block of N. Milton in East Baltimore. A three-building fire at the corner of Harford Avenue is the most serious of the night. • 3:40 p.m.—Three stores are looted at Guilford and 21st St. and at Fayette and Gilmore. [1], By the morning of April 7, reports to the White House described five deaths, 300 fires, and 404 arrests. To date, there have been six deaths, 1,075 lootings, and 1,032 fires. Nearly 300 angry youths throw stones and bricks at passing cars. Of the arrests, 3,488 were for curfew violations, 955 for burglary, 665 for looting, 391 for assault, and 5 for arson.[7]. On Pennsylvania Ave., in the 900 block of North Ave., and the 600 block of Gay St., lootings are reported. At York Road and Woodbourne Ave., a window is smashed by a gang of roving youths. Scattered reports of gunfire and snipers were handled by police. [7], After action reports credited both the National Guard and active Army forces for being extremely disciplined and restrained in dealing with the disturbance, with only four shots fired by National Guard troops and two by active Army troops. These statements caught the attention of Richard Nixon, who was looking for someone on his ticket who could counter George Wallace's American Independent Party third party campaign. [8] These forces had received orders to avoid firing their weapons, as part of an intentional strategy to decrease fatalities. • 4:30 p.m.—By this time mobs are everywhere, from the 700 to the 2000 block of Pennsylvania Ave. At Bond and Madison streets a liquor store is burned and looted. Another 800 persons are arrested and taken to the Civic Center, in addition to 3,300 prisoners warehoused at the city jail during the night. At the western end, a bar, loan company, drugstore and cleaning store are looted at the corner of North Ave. and Pulaski St. A few policemen arrive to reinforce a few Guardsmen who are pushing back the white crowd. Looters strike the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Ave. In the 2000 block of Edmondson Ave. and in the 900 and 1200 block of W. Baltimore, heavy looting is reported. Plans are announced for a walk of penance on Saturday by a white interfaith group. There are 6,000 Guardsmen on duty in the city. Known from its history and reputation as mob city, Baltimore has experienced riots regarding race issues and civil rights before. • 9:30 a.m.—Sniper fire hits a car in the 1200 block of Aisquith Street. Black communities had sub-par housing, high rates of infant mortality, and more crime. • 4 p.m.—Commemorative interdenominational service Williams, Rhonda Y. Sporadic fires and pillaging are reported on the west side. • Noon—All banks and all seven of the city's markets (most in riot areas) are open. Also, reports of looting in Baltimore St. stores from Pine St. to the west are investigated. • 8:50 a.m.—A bomb is found in the 2700 block of N. Charles St. • Noon—Fire burns a laundromat and clothing store. Early on April 12, federal troops began to depart and by 6 pm that evening responsibility for riot control returned to the National Guard. SLIDESHOW: Baltimore Riots. A fire in Club Savoy at Bond and Monument streets is called in. J. Timothy Bodie, an old friend of King's father, invited him to make the guest presentation. Many people loot at will along Monroe St. • 2 a.m.—Guardsmen protect firefighters. Prohibition of firearms and explosive sales remain in place. Police pelted with stones and bottles as they seal off Gay from the 400 block North to the 700 block. Downtown shopping is open for holiday gift buying until 9 p.m., and some shopkeepers along Pennsylvania Ave. and Gay St. are open. Fire captain is injured by a thrown glass bottle in the 1000 block of N. Gay. • 11:15 p.m.—National Guard troops move from the 5th Regiment Armory on trucks. • Late afternoon—People hoard food because of curfews and fear. A list of affected merchants will be compiled, and taxpayers will be allowed to file after the April 15 deadline without penalty. • 3:45 p.m.—Renewed looting at Ashland Ave. and Aisquith St., North Ave. and Wolfe St., and Preston and Ensor streets. Friday, April 5, 1968 •National Guard on standby •No significant occurrences •Heavy violence in other cities including Detroit and Washington, D.C. • 2:15 p.m.— Three courts close. [1] At one point, a mob of white counter-rioters assembled near Patterson Park; they dispersed after National Guard troops prevented them from entering a black neighborhood. • 10:15 p.m.—Governor's spokesman announces that the statement on liquor sales still stands. They break up by 3:30 p.m. as the police K-9 corps moves in. An early tour is made by D'Alessandro on Palm Sunday. Its maximum capacity is 2.500. This riots resulted in 472 arrests and 2 dead. [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. The block between 1700 and 2200 Monument is hard hit, with at least 15 stores heavily damaged. The ban on liquor sales is off, riot curfew lifted, and gasoline in containers rule is in effect. Riots spread west and intensify. In the 1800 block of Greenmount Ave., there is a looting of a liquor store. Looting spreads out of poor areas into middle-class shopping centers serving racially mixed neighborhoods. The Civic Center holds an overflow 800 prisoners. Downtown stores reopen. At North and Baddish, fires are reported. Track how the aftermath of King’s killing played out on the streets of D.C. in our timeline of events above. 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 across the United States. A fire is reported in a tailor's shop in the 2300 block of Greenmount. A crowd of 300 gathers in the 2400 block of Barclay St. At 21st and Greenmount Ave. there is looting, as well as on North and Linden. December 29, 1956 A new curfew is announced. A fire is reported on Fayette St. east of Broadway. Since midnight, there have been 76 lootings and 10 fires. there are reports of looting and burning. • King speaks during the Baltimore Freedom Rally before a crowd of more than 8,000 at the Baltimore Civic Center. More gunfire is heard at Baker and Gilmore, at  Exeter and Monroe and Fairmount Ave. Tuesday, April 9, 1968 Royal Ave. and Monroe St. on North Ave. was hit. An officer arrives and prevents serious violence by firing into the air. He is chased in the 800 block of Gay St. from a liquor store. Dozens of police raids take place on this morning. • 5:30 p.m.—Violence breaks out in Gay Street "ghetto" area • 4 p.m.—Curfew begins. Cars are pelted at Monroe and W. Baltimore streets, and at Smallwood and W. Baltimore St. Police are scarce in the area below North Ave. • 9 a.m.—Several fires are reported on the east side, but the west side is quiet. • Early afternoon—Tear gas is used to disperse a crowd of 300 youths who smashed into a grocery at North Ave. and Chester St., near the worst area of destruction on Saturday night. The west side's center of violence is a triangular area bounded on the south by Mulberry St., on the east by Monroe St., and on the west by Pennsylvania and Fremont. Eastern High Schol is repurposed as a refugee center. In April of 1968, however, the city was thrown into chaos as black citizens of Baltimore took to the streets in rage and pain after hearing about the assassination of Dr. King. [1], A total of 10,956 troops had been deployed. • 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. Armed federal troops break up a peace meeting of 200 in Lafayette Square (even though they had approval from city police); angry crowds scatter and regroup at Mosher Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. In the 200 block of E. Preston, a food market is broken into. November 15, 1953 The total population remained constant, but the black percentage of the total population had grown, while other populations shrank (a shift of 200,000 people). • Noon—First major fire of the day, a two-story brick furniture warehouse a half block west of the 1700 block of Guilford Ave. and Lanvale. On April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Three other stores are looted in the 2000 block of Edmondson Ave. Issues between police and National Guardsmen continue. Gasoline sales and other inflammables are banned (except in cars). Another 1,900 federal troops move into Baltimore in the afternoon, setting up field headquarters at the zoo. [10] Property damages, assessed financially, were more severe in DC ($15 million), Baltimore ($12 million), and Chicago ($10 million) than in any other cities.[1]. • 11 a.m.—At Whitelock St. and Callow Ave., a fire is reported at a Buick service station; an unruly crowd gathers near firemen. 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. October 30, 1964 The Baltimore Riots 1968. Monday, June 2, 1958 The same thing happens at Gay from Chase to Orleans. [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. More sniper shots reported by police. • Morning—50 trucks and 200 men move out to begin boarding up looted and burned out buildings. More than 176 arrests are made after the curfew goes into effect at 7 p.m. Mace is used in a store in the 1300 block of of Pennsylvania Ave., one of the hardest hit areas of the city. In the 1600 block of Warwick Road a house is burned. In the 1300 block of  Edmondson Ave., a pawn shop is looted and 73 rifles are stolen. specialcollections@ubalt.edu, Robert L. Bogomolny Library Special Collections • 1415 Maryland Avenue • Baltimore, MD 21201, Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded an honorary degree – doctor of law -- at Morgan State College. Second use of tear gas in an hour at Dukeland St. and Lafayette Ave. At Milton Ave. and Preston St., a food market/five and dime is looted and set ablaze. Two stores on Greenmount in the 1200 block are burned. Police move in to seal Gay St. from the 400 to 700 block (side streets as well). Sales of alcohol, flammables in containers, and firearms are banned in city. • 4 p.m.—At Monroe and Pratt, a crowd of white youths gather restlessly. The notable exceptions were the state's air defense units (which manned surface-to-air missile sites around the state), those units already on duty in the Washington, DC area, and a unit positioned in Cambridge, Maryland (the site of race riots in 1963 and 1967). Amidst the damage in riot areas, streets are filled with broken glass. Rioting threatens to move northward, but police assure the governor that nothing will get out of hand. No alcohol is sold in Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Howard counties. • Evening—Curfew is relaxed, with the hours set from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning. Gov. Another group jumps on the car and kicks in the hood and windows. Rocks are thrown at firefighters and newsmen at the scene, and hundreds watch the massive flames for 90 minutes through three alarms. • 6:01 p.m. —Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis 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. Merchants in the 2100-2200 blocks of Monument St. report business is almost back to normal. Rioting reported near the Murphy Homes at Myrtle Ave. and Hoffman. • Morning—Some federal troops begin to move out of Baltimore following a declaration from Gen. Robert H. York that order has been restored to the city. 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. 2 p.m.—Gov. • 11:45 p.m.—The Fire Department refuses ambulance service for non-emergency sick cases. Looting takes place on  Monroe St. below Franklin, where witnesses describe the looters as "middle aged." informed. 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. The 1968 riots had national political significance because of the reaction of then–Maryland governor Spiro Agnew, a … • 6:14 p.m.—Pres. The uprising included crowds filling the streets, burning and looting local businesses, and confronting the police and national guard. Edmondson Ave., from Fremont all the way west to the shopping center, has been scourged by looters; a few stores are burned, but almost all are looted and vandalized. The 11,000 Army and National Guard troops remain in Baltimore to assure that relative peace is kept. In West Baltimore, soldiers with bayonets block the intersection of Fulton Ave. and Baker St. At Sixth and Church streets in Brooklyn Heights there is looting. Crowds chant "We've got the key to the city" and "We shall overcome." The uprising had broken out mainly in the black neighborhoods of East and West Baltimore[11] in which extensive property damage and looting occurred. Army helicopters patrol. • Night—Troops ordered to tuck away bayonets, a sign of easing tension. Sporadic looting takes place on the west side. About 10 stores are looted. 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. Royal Ave. and Monroe St. on North Ave. has been hit. Ave. and Franklin St. • Late afternoon—Tensions rise between whites and blacks in the South Broadway area and along W. Pratt St. After one man objects to being frisked, police begin to use mace to subdue uncooperative curfew violators. A two-alarm fire is reported at Federal St. and Milton Ave. Two fires break out two blocks apart—at Federal and Holbrook Sts., and Harford Rd. He bans the sale of liquor, firearms, and gasoline in surrounding counties. to Fulton Ave., are a "no man's land." Sniper fire at police cruisers is reported at N. Fulton and Lafayette Ave. George H. Cook A National Guardsman stands atop the City Hail, where many of the people arrested during the riots have been incarcerated. BALTIMORE – The events following the April 12, 2015, arrest of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who was injured in the custody of the Baltimore Police … Looting takes place on Division St. Those who did have jobs were paid less and worked in unsafe conditions. • 2 p.m.—Curfew hour is ordered advanced to 4 p.m. In the 900 block of Pennsylvania Ave., looters take guns. Some looting is seen at Reisterstown Road and Edmondson Ave. • 7:30 a.m.—After a lull, looting picks up again • 9.35 p.m.—At North Ave. and possibly Greenmount Ave., rocks are thrown. In the 900 block of Whitelock St., a grocery store burns, and liquor and groceries are looted. 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. • 11 p.m.—Police struggle with a fire hydrant after firefighters leave for fear of snipers. There is far less crime in daylight hours than usual. About 500 of more than 5,700 persons arrested remain to be tried on various charges, mostly for curfew violations. • 6 p.m.—First reports of looting at drycleaners, Gay and Monument streets. In the 800 block of Gay St., a man is killed behind the 1200 block of E. Madison St. after being chased following a looting. A firebomb attack is rumored in the Guilford area. • King gives a speech, "Race and the Church," before a gathering of Methodist clergy at the Baltimore Civic Center. •Heavy violence in other cities including Detroit and Washington, D.C. Saturday, April 6, 1968 Looting begins on Pennsylvania Ave. in the 1200-2000 blocks Large crowds gather on Baltimore St. in "the block area." More than 700 businesses have been robbed. • 9 p.m.—By this point, 1,200 to 1,500 officers are in East Baltimore • 11 p.m.—Brigade of federal troops moves from Druid Lake to the 5th Regiment Armory. 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