Penn Park

The Predictable Past: The York County Race Riots

Penn Park

York, Pennsylvania 17402, United States

Created By: Kelsey Wisman


Penn Park, as well as the surrounding area, was known to many York residents as a dangerous area within the city during the race riots. There are several accounts of violent attacks with bricks, shootings, shots being fired, and vehicle damage. Although this area was known for the disorder that occurred here, many are also aware of this specific location because of the events that transpired which led to the death of Officer Henry Schaad.

Officer Schaad was dispatched in "Big Al," an armored vehicle, on July 18, 1969, to Pershing and College. Approaching the conflict, rifle shots struck the armored vehicle and Officer Schaad was shot. He was wounded and passed away on August 1, 1969, due to these wounds.

United States District Court For the Middle District of Pennsylvania, March 31, 1970.

This point of interest is part of the tour: The Predictable Past: The York County Race Riots


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