Story of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park to be shown at University of Baltimore

BALTIMORE - Gwynn Oak Amusement Park holds an infamous role in the battle over civil rights in Baltimore.

The old park, located in southwestern Baltimore County, was the site of one of the biggest battles over segregation. It was in 1963 that members of the African-American community, along with assistance from much of Baltimore's faith-based community worked together to ensure equal access for all at the amusement park.

While Gwynn Oak has been closed for around 40 years, its legacy remains. Longtime ABC2 News multimedia journalist Pete O'Neal, along with his wife Beverely, recall the history of the park and the civil rights battle that ensued through a documentary: "All the King's Horses: The Story of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park."

A viewing of the documentary will take place beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21at the Wright Theater, located in the University of Baltimore's Student Center. As part of the event, a reception with light refreshments will take place a 5:30 p.m., followed by the film's showing at 6:30 p.m. A question and answer session will follow at 7:30 p.m.

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