"There was a big crowd and everybody was trying to get a glimpse of the President," photograher Tom Scilipoti recalls, describing the evening of Oct. 10, 1962, when John F. Kennedy landed, via helicopter, at Patterson Park. "It was a very big deal for East Baltimore."
Kennedy (as seen in Scilipoti's photo above) landed in the park's extension at Eastern and South Linwood Avenues, en route to a speech at Baltimore's Fifth Regiment Armory in support of the state's Democratic Congressional candidates in the upcoming '62 elections, less than a month away.
"Now this isn't just merely coming up here and participating in parades and bands," Kennedy said in his remarks. "What we're talking about are those Members of the House and Senate who support those programs of minimum wage, and medical care for the aged, and urban renewal, and cleaning our rivers, and giving security to our older people, and educating our children, and giving jobs to our workers. That's the issue of this campaign, as it was in the campaign of 1960." Kennedy's entire speech can be found here.
Scilipoti, who had...