On August 28, 1963, 11-month-old Sharon Langley made history, becoming the first African-American child to ride the merry-go-round at Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. But it took years for the park to be desegregated after countless protests.
Hans Marx, a self-taught photographer, worked for The Baltimore Sun from 1937 to 1955. His award-winning career was capped in 1953 when he was recognized as the Newspaper Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association.
It has been a year since Sparrows Point steel mill has closed its doors. The sounds of the one-time bustling steel giant has gone silent, still echoing only in the memories of workers and Dundalk residents nearby. At one entrance off I-695 and Route 158, a sign seen from the massive complex reads “America: Strong as Steel!”, which serves as a reminder of the past. In the coming years, the entire facility will be razed and the steel plant will only be a footnote in Baltimore’s history.
Former Sun photographer Jed Kirschbaum took this iconic photo of Petty Officer Josh Cackowski sharing a laugh with his 18-month-old son Jakob back in 2003. Ten years later, we revisit Cackowski and his son to talk about life since their joyful reunion was captured on film.
Given the speed of horse racing, moments at Preakness are often gone in a flash. Using rapid-fire still photography, we try to capture the pace of Baltimore’s most famous horse race — from the concert-goers bobbing to the beat in the infield to the blazing-fast horses that are gone in a second.
On a clear breezy evening at Turf Valley, 21 hot air balloon crews unpacked their equipment in preparation for the annual Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival. They attached envelopes – a bag capable of holding heated air – to the baskets and turned on fans before firing up the burners to get the colorful event underway. The festivities provided a close up look at the towering aircraft.