The Glenville Shootout
On the evening of July 23, 1968 violence erupted between police and a black militant group led by Fred (Ahmed) Evans within Cleveland's 6 square mile Glenville neighborhood. When order was finally restored three days later on July 28 by the National Guard, 7 people lay dead , 15 were wounded.
While the Glenville neighborhood was left torn apart by rioters, looters and arsonists, Cleveland was left torn apart by the ensuing controversy. Carl B. Stokes, the mayor of Cleveland at the time, would later write in his autobiography, Promises of Power, "The aftermath of that night was to haunt and color every aspect of my administration for the next three years."
- See photos from the Cleveland Press Collection
- Read Shoot-Out in Cleveland by Louis A. Masotti and Jerome R. Corsi
- Watch archival video footage courtesy Northeast Ohio Broadcast Archives:
- Other Cleveland Memory eBooks or eDocuments of interest:
- Promises of Power: A Political Autobiography by Carl B. Stokes
- Cleveland: Confused City on a See-Saw by Philip W. Porter, a retired executive editor of the Plain Dealer. (Chapter 14 talks about the shooting.)
- Point of View - Controversial Cleveland journalist, Roldo Bartimole, weighs in on the conflict in several issues of his publication. Of special note are February 24, 1969 ("Truth a Victim in Glenville") and April 13, 1996 ("End of Carl Stokes Era").
- Related links:
- The Glenville Shootout and the Trial of Fred Ahmed Evans
- The Glenville Shootout (From the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History)