T. GOVERNOR BROWN TO HONOR CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS IN
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (March 8, 2013) – SUNDAY, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will be the guest of honor at an event in Western Maryland to recognize the three lawyers who courageously sought justice on behalf of Hattie Carroll in the wake of her death fifty years ago this year. Lt. Governor Brown will present Governor's Citations to honor the efforts of prosecuting attorneys David Kreigh Poole, Jr. and Lynn F. Meyers, along with the Honorable Charles E. Moylan, who was lead attorney for the prosecution. David Poole, now deceased, will be represented by his son, Bruce Poole. The event is being held at the Washington County Museum of Fine Art, and will also feature an exhibit by The Reginald F. Lewis African Maryland American History and Culture.
“Today, we honor the courage of the Marylanders who chose to fight for justice during a dark period in our state’s – and our nation’s – history,” said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. “Our State was built on the efforts of those great citizens – Marylanders who were willing to stand by their beliefs, even when their cause was unpopular. Their leadership helped make progress possible for the generations that followed. Each and every day, we honor them by continuing to work towards building a better Maryland for all Marylanders.”
In February 1963, Hattie Carroll, 51 years old and a mother of 11, was working as a waitress at the Emerson Hotel in Baltimore when she was assaulted by William Zantzinger, who was attending a party at the hotel. Zantzinger, a white tobacco farmer from Charles County, hit her over the head with a cane because she didn’t serve his drink quickly enough. Later that night, Carroll sought medical attention at Mercy Hospital and was pronounced dead the following morning. Zantzinger was charged with murder and granted a venue change to Hagerstown, where Moylan, then Deputy State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, led the prosecution. He was joined by Poole and Meyers, then State’s Attorney and Deputy State’s Attorney, respectively, for Washington County. The case played an important role in raising awareness of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, taking on national prominence with the release of Bob Dylan’s 1963 song, “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.”
WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to Honor Civil Rights Leaders in Western Maryland
WHERE: Washington County Museum of Fine Art
401 Museum Drive
WHEN: SUNDAY, March 10, 2013