Remembering the Baltimore riots of 1968

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Recapping the Beginning of the Baltimore Riots

Violent riots and mayhem have engulfed Baltimore following the funeral Monday for Freddie Gray -- a 25-year-old man who died from a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody.

The governor now has National Guardsmen patrolling the streets after rioters sparked fires, looting, and countless arrests. The scene is similar to a previous time in history that was marred by turmoil -- the Baltimore riots of 1968.

As civil disturbances began spreading across the nation, the initially peaceful Baltimore day of April 6th, 1968 became increasingly violent. The riots ended with five deaths, 300 fires and over 400 arrests.

Click through this slideshow to photos of the 1968 Baltimore riots:

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Remembering the Baltimore riots of 1968
One of four black men arrested by police in down Baltimore April 8, 1968 spreads his arms wide. William A. Smith, Associated Press photographer, said he saw police confiscate whiskey bottles filled with gasoline. It was one of the first instances of arrests downtown, which has escaped three days of violence in the city. (AP Photo/files)
Fire shoots out from a Baltimore store on Gay Street as looting erupted in a five-block business section in Baltimore, April 6, 1968. Police sealed off the area. (AP Photo)
A man carts off a television set during looting incidents in Baltimore, Md., April 7, 1968. Many businesses were broken into, looted and burned Saturday and Sunday. (AP Photo)
Baltimore City police pin down a curfew breaker as authorities clamped down on the arson, looting and violence in Baltimore on April 9, 1968. The curfew was from 4 pm. to 7 am. (AP Photo)
Baltimore City policeman pins down a African American after a breaking and entering in a grocery store in Baltimore on April 8, 1968. Regular Army troops moved into Baltimore on Sunday as looting and arson swept the city. (AP Photo)
Male carried away by police during riots, Baltimore, Maryland, 1968. (Photo by Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)
The Baltimore Riot of 1968 was composed of black Baltimoreans lasting from April 6 to April 14, Baltimore, Maryland, April 14, 1968. (Photo by Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)
A suspected looter lay down during riots, Baltimore, Maryland, April 9, 1968. (Photo by Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)

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