Cambridge, Maryland

Cambridge is a port city on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Black residents enjoyed greater economic and political privileges than elsewhere, yet Cambridge was rigidly segregated, and most Blacks were confined to menial labor. In the 1960s, much of the city’s working class — both Black and white — struggled to find decent employment. Led by Gloria Richardson, the Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge gained steam. SNCC workers from Howard University and other nearby colleges supported the local struggle and often made forays to the Eastern Shore to put their bodies on the line for the Movement.



Gloria Richardson at protests in Cambridge, Maryland, July 1963,

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Field Report by Reggie Robinson and William Hansen regarding Cambridge, Maryland, January 15, 1962,