Opening the Gates: Celebrate the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park 50 Years Later

These clergymen of varied faiths head for a patrol wagon at Gwynn Oak Park during yesterday's anti-segregation demonstrations include the Rev. Joseph M. Connolly (left), of the Catholic Interracial Council, the Rev. Dr. Eugene Carson Blake (second from left), stated clerk of the United Presbyterian Church, and the Rev. Marion C. Bascom (fourth from left), pastor of Douglas Memorial Church. More than 250 persons were arrested at the amusement park. Photo by Clarence B. Garrett/1963 file photoJuly 4, 2013 – Segment 4

A roundtable of guests discuss the 50th anniversary of the integration of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park, leading up to an event this Sunday, July 7, “Opening the Gates: Celebrate the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park 50 Years Later,” The event will bring together citizens of all religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds to celebrate our community’s diversity.

Our guests will include: Rabbi Gila Ruskin, spiritual leader of Temple Adas Shalom in Havre de Grace; Leo W. Burroughs, civil rights activist; George Arnold, civil rights activist, speaker, and lecturer; and Pete O’Neal, filmmaker and event organizer.