I’m a published author!
(Assuming our monthly Frederick Magazine article counts, and I say it totally does!)
Here’s the text, should you wish to read it:
More than a Game
Nicholas Yinger captured what at first glance appears to be a classic childhood moment at the Swinging Bridge over Carroll Creek in Frederick in May of 1962. Pierre Bell and Arthur Hall have challenged each other to swing hand over hand from one end of the bridge to the other without getting wet. On the back of the photograph, Yinger noted that he “and the gang” had played the same game fifty years earlier when he was a child and before the bridge was moved from its original location on Bentz Street to Baker Park in 1930.
Not shown is the risk these African American children may have been taking when they reached the other side. At this time, Baker Park was still segregated. No African Americans were allowed to set foot in the park, and some used walking through Baker Park as a form of protest against Frederick’s segregation.
However, change was coming. That fall, Lincoln School, which these children may have attended, would be integrated and renamed South Frederick Elementary. Forty-three years later, the name returned to Lincoln, in honor of the building’s history as the only African American high school in Frederick County and its important role in Frederick’s African American community.
To learn more about segregation in Frederick, visit the Museum of Frederick County History; admission is free through December. Please also join us, Hood College, and other community organizations on September 26 for March on Frederick, a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Find out more at civilrights.hood.edu.