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Documentary Film Chronicles Gwynn Oak Park Civil Rights Protests, Feb. 21

February 18, 2014
Contact: University Relations
Phone: 410.837.5739

All the King's Horses: The Story of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park, a full-length documentary film about the legendary protests to integrate a privately-owned park in Baltimore in the early 1960s, will be presented on Friday, Feb. 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the University of Baltimore's Wright Theater. The event is free and open to the public, though an R.S.V.P. is requested. (Attendance details below.) The theater is located in UB's Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave.

The film, produced and directed by veteran videographer and filmmaker Pete O'Neal and his wife Beverly, chronicles the efforts of many ordinary people to desegregate the privately owned Gwynn Oak Amusement Park during Maryland's racially charged civil rights era of the early 1960s. It includes personal narratives of those involved in the desegregation of the park, as well as archival footage of the Gwynn Oaks protests, which were culled from the WMAR-TV archives in UB's Langsdale Library.

Pete O'Neal worked as a cameraman for WMAR for 20 years. He will serve as master of ceremonies for the Feb. 21 event.

Following a brief reception in the Bogomolny Room, adjacent to the Wright Theater, the film will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Afterwards, the audience is invited to participate in a Q&A with the filmmakers, as well as participants in the 1963 struggle to desegregate the park.

Attendees of the Feb. 21 screening of All the King's Horses: The Story of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park are encouraged to fill out a short R.S.V.P.

A trailer for All the King's Horses is now available on YouTube.

More information about this event is available by calling 410.837.5047.

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