The Musical Inn

a Freedom Ride destination

Freedom Riders stopped here during the Freedom Ride on December 16, 1961. Near this restaurant, a Freedom Ride supporter and soldier at Aberdeen Proving Ground had cold water poured on him by anti-Freedom Ride protestors.

The Musical Inn was a bar/restaurant listed in CORE's brochure and targeted by Freedom Riders in December 1961 for its segregated practices. It was listed in the CORE brochure with the group of "Restaurants Still Segregated Along Route 40." This designation meant that it's ownership either agreed to desegregate previously then went back to segregation, or never agreed to desegregate in the first place. 

According to a report in the Baltimore Afro-American,  a troubling incident occurred near the restaurant. Someone poured a bucket of cold water from a nearby 2nd-floor window on Aberdeen Proving Ground-based soldier John Burdon from Alabama. Burdon picketed near the restaurant during the Freedom Ride. Burdon told Afro reporter George Collins: "I want to benefit from what I have been asked to defend."

The Musical Inn lasted as an Aberdeen restaurant and lounge until 2015. In 2020, rethe building transformed into Alina's Asian Cuisine.

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310 South Philadelphia Boulevard, Aberdeen, Maryland 21001 ~ The building that housed the Musical Inn is in Aberdeen on the west side of Route 40, just west of downtown Aberdeen. It is on the right if heading west, and left if heading east on Rt. 40 between Plater and Warren streets.