Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

August 30, 1930

On August 30, 1930, the Baltimore Afro-American headline read, “Police Calm Baptist Riot.” The Associated Negro Press reported: “While much of the bitterness, exposes, and even bloodshed expected to culminate at the Golden Jubilee of the National Baptist Convention was sidetracked, near casualties developed at the election of officers when followers of the Rev. J. C. Austin sought to establish the fact that he had been tricked out of his right to run in the election. A battle, in which chairs and fists were used, and knives brandished, and women fought with pocketbooks, ended when six policemen, answering a riot call, rushed to the scene. In twenty minutes order was restored.”

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