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.


Written by Marc Steiner

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  1. Leslie Robin Neshama says:

    This was an exhilarating, uplifting, inspiring and invaluable interview. Thanks, Marc Steiner!

  2. Gila Ruskin says:

    Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to sit around the table and share our passion for civil rights, and our desire to celebrate unity and cooperation. Your show challenges listeners to consider points of view that are not heard anywhere else on the radio in Baltimore and beyond.

    Great to see you on Sunday at Gwynn Oak.
    shalom, Gila

  3. Stu Needel says:

    Marc, thanks for you perpetual commitment to insightful, enlightening, and provacative programming. Your programs conjure memories of my younger days listening to talk radio before it became, for the most part, the sensational pablum that it has today.

    Gwynn Oak was such a beloved element of my early childhood, just after it became segregated, I never knew until pretty recently the role and impact it had in the civil rights movement, which has meant so much to me. I’m proud of the events that took place at “my park” that so contributed to the still vital civil rights movement in this country.

    Proud to see my beloved Rabbi and dear friend, Gila Ruskin, playing such a major role in this initiative and happy to have her and her collaborators so graciously featured in this great interview.

    Keep up your incredible work!

    Stu Needel

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