Brick tossing Negroes kept the Maryland community of Cambridge on edge on Tuesday (12 May) after a night of racial rioting.
Brick tossing Negroes kept the Maryland community of Cambridge on edge on Tuesday (12 May) after a night of racial rioting. The commander of a Maryland National Guard peacekeeping unit said he had no idea of what would happen Tuesday night, when further demonstrations were planned.
Cambridge, scene of considerable racial violence several months ago, had more of it Monday (11 May) when Governor George Wallace of Alabama made a speech in the town. He is ini Maryland campaigning in that state's Democratic presidential primary on an anti-civil rights platform.
Negro civil rights leaders staged a demonstration after the meeting. They met while Wallace was speaking at the Elks hall. There, they sang freedom songs. Then they marched on the hall where Wallace had spoken, led by Mrs. Gloria Richardson, Cambridge civil rights leader. They lay down in the street outside the hall...Wallace had already left...and the National Guard ordered them to move. They didn't and the guardsmen used tear gas and then physical violence to move them out. Seven of the integrationists were injured and thirteen, including Mrs. Richardson, were arrested.
The negroes promise another demonstration Tuesday night. During the day there was one outbreak of violence when negroes hurled rocks and bricks at the cars of passing white motorists. Negro youths taunted the Guardsmen who patrolled the streets.