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50 years ago: The Sun's coverage of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination and the Baltimore riots

The Sun's front page from April 8, 1968.
The Sun's front page from April 8, 1968. (Baltimore Sun files)

The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. had profound effects on the country, with some 125 cities erupting in civil unrest.

In Baltimore, the killing of the civil rights leader in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, lead to unrest, protests and ultimately looting, fires and rioting that tore apart the city.

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From April 6 to 14, the Baltimore Riots of 1968 resulted in six deaths, 700 injuries, 5,900 arrests, 1,000 small businesses damaged or robbed, and $12 million in property damage.

The Sun was there, to capture the unrest and the destruction that forever changed Baltimore City. Here are some of The Sun’s and The Evening Sun’s pages and pictures from those days.

The Sun's front page on April 5, 1968.
The Sun's front page on April 5, 1968. (Baltimore Sun files)
Maryland Institute students show their sentiments with this Mount Royal Station sign.
Maryland Institute students show their sentiments with this Mount Royal Station sign. (William L. LaForce / Baltimore Sun)
The Evening Sun of April 5 featured stories on a potential workers' strike and fires being set.
The Evening Sun of April 5 featured stories on a potential workers' strike and fires being set. (Baltimore Sun files)
The Sun's front page from April 6, 1968.
The Sun's front page from April 6, 1968. (Baltimore Sun files)
Baltimore firefighters battle flames in the distance as pedestrians walk past bricks and debris on April 6.
Baltimore firefighters battle flames in the distance as pedestrians walk past bricks and debris on April 6. (Walter McCardell / Baltimore Sun)
Firefighters try to douse flames at Lee's Surplus at North and Linden avenues on April 6.
Firefighters try to douse flames at Lee's Surplus at North and Linden avenues on April 6. (Walter McCardell / Baltimore Sun)
The Evening Sun on April 6, 1968.
The Evening Sun on April 6, 1968. (Baltimore Sun files)
The Sun's front page from April 7, 1968.
The Sun's front page from April 7, 1968. (Baltimore Sun files)
Maj. Gen. George M. Gelston and Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro on a tour of the riot area on April 7.
Maj. Gen. George M. Gelston and Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro on a tour of the riot area on April 7. (William L. LaForce / Baltimore Sun)
The Sun's front page from April 8, 1968.
The Sun's front page from April 8, 1968. (Baltimore Sun files)
The Evening Sun front page from April 8, 1968.
The Evening Sun front page from April 8, 1968. (Baltimore Sun files)
Images from the April 8 Evening Sun. At left, smoke from scattered fires clouds the air of a sunny Palm Sunday. The view is of a section of East Baltimore. Rioters hampered firefighters in their efforts to douse the many fires. At right, fire at Harford Avenue & Federal Street.
Images from the April 8 Evening Sun. At left, smoke from scattered fires clouds the air of a sunny Palm Sunday. The view is of a section of East Baltimore. Rioters hampered firefighters in their efforts to douse the many fires. At right, fire at Harford Avenue & Federal Street. (Baltimore Sun files)
Images from the April 8 Evening Sun. From left, flames shoot from the front of a store at Harford Avenue and Lanvale Street. Looting suspect is arrested by police in East Baltimore. Residents watch billowing smoke from a fire that destroyed a building at North and Linden.
Images from the April 8 Evening Sun. From left, flames shoot from the front of a store at Harford Avenue and Lanvale Street. Looting suspect is arrested by police in East Baltimore. Residents watch billowing smoke from a fire that destroyed a building at North and Linden. (Baltimore Sun files)
On April 9, bewildered grocers in the 900 block of Whitelock Street take stock of what the looters left: a litter of torn cardboard cartons and an emptied soft drink bottle.
On April 9, bewildered grocers in the 900 block of Whitelock Street take stock of what the looters left: a litter of torn cardboard cartons and an emptied soft drink bottle. (William L. LaForce / Baltimore Sun)
The Evening Sun from April 9, 1968.
The Evening Sun from April 9, 1968. (Baltimore Sun files)
The Sun's front page from April 10, 1968.
The Sun's front page from April 10, 1968. (Baltimore Sun files)
Armed soldiers stand watch as firemen battle a noontime fire on April 10 in an empty warehouse at Broadway and Orleans Street. The four alarmer, termed arson by fire officials, was the most serious incident in a generally quiet day.
Armed soldiers stand watch as firemen battle a noontime fire on April 10 in an empty warehouse at Broadway and Orleans Street. The four alarmer, termed arson by fire officials, was the most serious incident in a generally quiet day. (Clarence B. Garrett / Baltimore Sun)
The Evening Sun's front page from April 10, 1968.
The Evening Sun's front page from April 10, 1968. (Baltimore Sun files)
The Evening Sun from April 10, 1968.
The Evening Sun from April 10, 1968. (Baltimore Sun files)
The Evening Sun's front page from April 11, 1968.
The Evening Sun's front page from April 11, 1968. (Baltimore Sun files)
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