May 3, 1970: Roy Innis, national director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) organization, speaks briefly about the then recent arrests of Baltimore Black Panther sympathizers in connection to the murder of Baltimore City Police Officer Donald Sager.
This past Tuesday, March 4, 2014, the man who was convicted of Sager’s murder was released after 44 years in prison due to what was deemed as faulty jury instructions at the time. Marshall “Eddie” Conway was the 1970 leader of the Black Panther Party Baltimore Chapter and maintains his innocence.
Here we see character actor and comedian Jerry Colonna and a female performer hamming it up for the WMAR-TV news cameras in the fall of 1949.
Jerry Colonna was well-known at the time due to his radio, stage and television work. The Academy Award-nominated 1943 animated short, GREETINGS BAIT!, featured a worm designed to resemble Mr. Colonna (although voiced by Mel Blanc, “The Man of a Thousand Voices”).
Searching historical newspaper databases and the Internet has left us with a bit of a mystery on our hands: we aren’t sure exactly why Mr. Colonna was in the Baltimore area: there isn’t any mention of him performing nearby during that time. Where was this filmed? And who is the lady next to Mr. Colonna?
Protesters are carried out of Gwynn Oak Park for demanding that the park be desegregated on July 4, 1963. A total of 283 people were arrested that day. August 28, 1963, Gwynn Oak Park officially allowed African Americans to enter. The park closed in 1972 after damage from Hurricane Agnes.
A documentary film on this protest is being screened tonight at the University of Baltimore’s Wright Theater with a Q&A by the filmmakers. Please find more info on the event here, and hopefully we will see you tonight!
Firemen Rescue Dog From Harbor
Circa December 1951
The last few weeks of 1951 were filled with dangerous cold temperatures and precipitation for Baltimore, as is evidenced by the above video and this excerpt from The Baltimore Sun dated December 21 of that year: “Weather-weary Maryland chalked up its seventh storm fatality in a week yesterday as it slipped and slogged through a day and night of snow, sleet, torrential rains, fog and high waters.”
Please stay warm and safe these next few days, you weather-weary Maryland, along with your pets—and don’t forget to thank your local first responders, as well!
The 2014 Winter Olympics has begun! Check out the moves of these Baltimore kids in December of 1950. Please let us know if you have any leads on what park this might be: Patterson? Druid Hill? Gwynn Falls/Leakin Park?
In light of the Superbowl game coming up this Sunday, here is some footage from the WMAR-TV Collection of the first NFL season of the Baltimore Colts. Two highlights of the 1953 team were Defensive Lineman Artie Donovan (70) and Running Back Buddy Young (22). Unfortunately the Colts lost this game on November 22, 1953, versus the Los Angeles Rams (6-3).
This clip is from the WMAR-TV Collection of raw footage from September 1957. It starts with footage of the day after a cross was burned in front of Dr. Harry Jones’s office and home in Deale, Maryland, in response to Dr. Jones’ six year old son attending the local all-white school.
The next news footage taken is of a hearing of the Select Senate Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Managment Field investigating the corruption of the powerful International Brotherhood of Teamsters trade union and its leader Jimmy Hoffa. After the Committee Chairman, Senator John L. McClellan, informs everyone that many of their witnesses are missing due to sickness (and yes, sitting next to him is Robert F. Kennedy, the Committee Counsel), the Senator expresses his opinion of the federal government imposing desegregation.
In celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday and Dr. King’s birth and life, the first post on our new Tumblr will feature footage of Dr. King arriving and deplaning in Baltimore on October 30, 1964.
October of 1964 was a busy month for Dr. King: on the 14th he won the Nobel Peace Prize and later was in Baltimore on a multi-city campaign to encourage African Americans to vote in the upcoming elections.
This footage is from our WMAR-TV News Collection (please excuse the poor quality as this is a dub of a dub created many years ago).