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From the archives: Crownsville State Hospital

From the archives: Crownsville State Hospital

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Crownsville Hospital Center was founded in 1911 as the Hospital for the Negro Insane, a place to house African-American psychiatric patients separately from white patients in the other state hospitals.The first patients helped build the hospital’s first buildings on land that previously was a farm. Some patients weren’t even mentally ill, and scores who died at the hospital were buried in anonymous graves.

At one time, 30 percent of the patients died at the hospital, now a group of buildings boarded up and crumbling on Generals Highway.

The hospital eventually was integrated and became a modern mental health facility before it was closed in 2004 because of a declining patient population. Since then, the campus sat largely vacant.

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From the archives: Baltimore jail riots

From the archives: Baltimore jail riots

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Throughout the 1970s, there were several scuffles inside the Baltimore City jail, most notably in February and September 1971 among uproar in the Attica, N.Y. jail.

Reports suggest that by the summer of 1971, the state prison in Attica was ready to explode. From History, “inmates were frustrated with chronic overcrowding, censorship of letters, and living conditions that limited them to one shower per week and one roll of toilet paper each month. Some Attica prisoners, adopting the radical spirit of the times, began to perceive themselves as political prisoners rather than convicted criminals.”

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1936: Hindenburg circles Baltimore 9 months before the disaster

1936: Hindenburg circles Baltimore 9 months before the disaster

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Baltimoreans were excited by the news that they would get a glimpse of the giant Hindenburg, which was to circle the city on its way to Lakehurst (N.J.) Naval Air Station on August 11, 1936.

Like its predecessor, the Graf Zeppelin, it was designed for ’round-the-world passenger (and some light freight) flights.

The 804-foot-long dirigible Hindenburg, the “Titanic of the Skies,” soared above the Bromo-Seltzer Tower, Redwood Street and near the old Sun building less than a year before it was destroyed. Of the 97 people on board (36 passengers and 61 crewmen), there were 35 fatalities. There was also one death of a ground crewman.

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Catch of the day: Maryland’s famous crustacean from the Bay to the table

Catch of the day: Maryland’s famous crustacean from the Bay to the table

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Tracking down Chesapeake Blue Crabs is easier said than done. These creatures have a mind of their own, and can easily migrate tens of miles a day. So naturally the chase becomes part of the job.

Here’s a look down memory lane at some retro crabbing photos from The Sun’s photo archives.

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