Brick tossing Negroes kept the Maryland community of Cambridge on edge on Tuesday (12 May) after a night of racial rioting.
(SHOT 11 MAY) - Bridge leading into Cambridge, Guardsmen preparing to enter town (four hundred of them); guardsmen move into position Monday afternoon; scenes in Cambridge; negroes gather at Elks Hall before Wallace speech, sing songs, etc,; precautions outside hall where Wallace to speak; Wallace speech excerpt (sof) demonstrators march downtown singing; (slender woman leading procession is Gloria Richardson); demonstration; troops use tear gas to break up demonstration; troops fighting with demonstrators; (SHOT 12 MAY) Troops on duty in Cambridge, negro youths taunting troops, troops move then on, troops on duty in Cambridge.
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EDITORS NOTE: SEE PRODUCTION 5138 WHICH CONTAINS RELATED FILM AND DOPE. THIS STORY INCLUDES ROUNDUP OF DEMONSTRATIONS 11 MAY AND COVERAGE IN CAMBRIDGE 12 MAY
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Background: 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.