Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near West Glen in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gwynn Oak Park and the Civil Rights Movement

 
 
Gwynn Oak Park and the Civil Rights Movement Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2013
1. Gwynn Oak Park and the Civil Rights Movement Marker
Inscription.  On August 28, 1963, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D. C. On that same day a victory for equal rights occurred here, as segregation ended at Gwynn Oak Amusement Park, which used to occupy this site. Achieving this milestone took nearly ten years of protests, culminating in two demonstrations on July 4, and 7, 1963. About 400 people were arrested, including over 20 Catholic, Protestant and Jewish clergy. It was a memorable time when people of different faiths and ethnicities took part in a Civil Rights demonstration. Negotiations followed that resulted in the park finally being open to all on August 28, 1963. The first African American child to go on a ride that day took a spin on the merry-go-round. In 1972, Hurricane Agnes destroyed the amusement park, but the merry-go-round survived and was later moved to the National Mall in Washington, near where Dr. King gave his famous speech.

(Plaque at the base of the marker) Dedicated July 2013 by Baltimore County, Gwynn Oak Community Association and Security Woodlawn Business Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker
Gwynn Oak Park and the Civil Rights Movement Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2013
2. Gwynn Oak Park and the Civil Rights Movement Marker
Plaque at the base of the marker
is listed in these topic lists: Civil RightsEntertainment.
 
Location. 39° 19.583′ N, 76° 43′ W. Marker is near West Glen, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Gwynn Oak Avenue (Maryland Route 126) 0.1 miles west of Park Drive. The marker is about 50 feet in from the parking lot of Gwynn Oak Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5900 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Gwynn Oak MD 21207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Leakin Park at the Crimea Estate (approx. 1˝ miles away); Caretaker House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Chapel (approx. 1.6 miles away); Franklintown's Historic Roots (approx. 1.6 miles away); Norman Van Allan Reeves (approx. 1.6 miles away); Dickeyville's Historic Legacy (approx. 1.7 miles away); Crimea Mansion (approx. 1.7 miles away); Crimea (approx. 1.7 miles away).
 
Gwynn Oak Park and the Civil Rights Movement Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2013
3. Gwynn Oak Park and the Civil Rights Movement Marker
Gwynn Oak Park and the Civil Rights Movement Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2013
4. Gwynn Oak Park and the Civil Rights Movement Marker
Sign at the entrance to the park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,013 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on March 3, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 7, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement
Aug. 12, 2020