The Bonnie Brae diner in Edgewood, Maryland was the site of an incident involving an African diplomat in June 1961.They were made famous by reporting in LIFE magazine. The diner’s owners denied service to the Ambassador to Chad (Adam Malik Sow) due…

In 1951, the K-12 Central Consolidated School opened in an area called Hickory outside Bel Air, Maryland to serve black students from the central and northern regions of Harford County, Maryland. All the students and teachers in the school were…

In the wake of the April 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and resulting national turmoil, two women in Harford County – one black, one white- decided more needed to be done to bridge the local racial divide. Both women were…

Throughout most of the 1960s, Cambridge, Maryland was a hotbed of civil rights activity and turbulence. Beginning in 1962, students from Morgan State University and other places had gone down to the small city on the state’s eastern shore to sit in…

In December 1959, United States Army Reserve Captain Brennie Hackley had a housing issue. Captain Hackley held a Ph.D. in chemistry and worked in the chemistry division of the Army’s Edgewood Chemical Center (ECC), a satellite of the Aberdeen…

In 1958, George S. Pettit had a problem. Pettit was a scientist who worked for the U.S. Army based at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland. The Pettit family had recently moved to Aberdeen from Baltimore County and included 8th grader Alvin…