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Kamenetz to Commemorate Desegregation of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park

Towson, Maryland (July 3, 2013) – On Sunday, July 7, at 2:30 p.m., Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park by dedicating a historical marker memorializing that historical event. Community volunteers will host the dedication ceremony and festival marking the historical occasion from 1 to 7 p.m. at Gwynn Oak, now part of the County's Department of Recreation and Parks.

A Defining Moment

Located at 5900 Gwynn Oak Avenue in Woodlawn, the desegregation of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park was a defining moment in Baltimore civil rights history. To symbolize this important event, Kamenetz will be joined by area clergy, elected officials and community advocates as well as many individuals who were present at Gwynn Oak on July 7, 1963.

Following the dedication ceremony, the festival will continue until 7 p.m. featuring music, food, arts and craft vendors, and a "story telling" area where visitors can hear reflections about the protests and the eventual desegregation of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park.

Memories of Gwynn Oak

As part of the County's commemoration of Gwynn Oak's history, members of the Kamenetz administration contributed their personal recollections about the park in the County's latest edition of Baltimore County Now.