50 years ago today marks the beginning of the 1968 riots and unrest in Baltimore City. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. On April 6, riots broke out in Baltimore. By April 12, 1968, the city had several deaths, many more injured, and an estimate of $8-10 million lost in property damage. There were many local and national socio-political repercussions, and Baltimore City would never be the same again.
MARMIA has two digitized moving image documents of the 1968 riots in Baltimore: one from the WJZ-TV Collection and a home movie taken by William F. Ruehl, Jr. We offer these videos today in remembrance of the lives lost and the lives forever changed by these events.