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Meeting of York race riot victims brought hope for racial accord – 18/31 iconic images



Families of the two slain victims of the race riots in 1969 unite at a meeting at the African-American Love Feast in early 2002. This was the first public meeting of the families, who had met privately a month earlier. Background posts: Images capture hope for racial harmony, York Charrette or charade? and First pitch could break link with York race riots.

Continuing the series of telling York County, Pa.’s, history through images: … .

In clear view: Hattie Dickson, facing, hugs Sharon Howe, while Sonja Gilmore, right, looks on. Dickson was a sister of Lillie Belle Allen, killed in the 1969 race riots. Gilmore was the wife of York Police Officer Henry C. Schaad, the second riot victim. Howe is Schaad’s and Gilmore’s daughter.
Behind the scene: The unsolved murder of a black woman and white police officer in 1969 remained an open community wound for 31 years. A series of criminal proceedings starting in 2000 brought legal closure with the conviction or guilty pleas of the assailants in both cases. After the trials, the community faced another test: Hate groups sought to capitalize on an unsettled York community, but residents rejected their efforts. This meeting at the annual Love Feast represented another step in the healing process, as families of the victims publicly came together. The healing process continues today as the York community searches for an appropriate memorial to honor the victims.
Further details: See George Shumway’s “Charrette at York, Pa.,” 1973.
Posts in this series:
400 years ago, John Smith explored Chesapeake Bay – 1/31 iconic images
Declaration signer James Smith tops York County patriot list – 2/31 iconic images
Going to market a longtime York County pastime – 3/31 iconic images
William C. Goodridge: From slavery to success story – 4/31 iconic images

Rebs’ short York visit creates long memories – 5/31 iconic images
Artist Horace Bonham captured everyday life – 6/31 iconic images
York County farm vs. factory tension relieved in overnight raid – 7/31 iconic images
York County stood firmly behind Allies on all fronts in WW II – 8/31 iconic images
Downtown thrived in post-WW II York – 9/31 iconic images
After WWII success, Farquhar sells assets to out-of-town outfit – 10/31 iconic images.
Sears, York County Shopping Center in the middle of things – 11/31 iconic images
Three Mile Island emergency indelibly written into memories – 12/2 iconic images.
People of varying religious groups founded York County – 13/31 iconic images
President Reagan: ‘Harley is back and standing tall’ – 14/31 iconic images
York’s mayor: ‘We are no longer unprotected’ – 15/31 iconic images
Grange Hall represented past way of York County life – 16/31 iconic images.
York County Honors Choir product of proud moment – 17/31 iconic images.
Meeting of riot victims brought hope for racial accord – 18/31 iconic images.
Property rights foundational factor in Lauxmont dispute – 19/31 iconic images.
New baseball diamond serves as York cornerstone – 20/31 iconic images
Season 2 of York’s campaign to come back – 21-23 of 31 iconic images
York on knees as its men storm Normandy beaches – 24-25 of 31 iconic images
One image illustrates two long-neglected subjects in York area – 26-27 of 31 iconic images
Images explain changes in York County factories, farms – 28-29 of 31 iconic images
York County still home to unvarnished beauty – 30/31 iconic images
Latinos most recent migrant group to call York County home – 31/31 iconic images

To see the full series of iconic photos in a special York Daily Record/Sunday News publication, click here.