On the trial's opening day, hundreds of protestors assembled in Wyman Park near the Johns Hopkins University campus and began a three-mile march to the War Memorial Plaza across from the Post Office building where the trial was being held.
At War Memorial Plaza Described as the first large antiwar protest in Baltimore, the crowd grew to over 1,500 - double that by some accounts. Walking six abreast, they chanted "Free the Nine" and held signs with slogans such as "Zero Spiro" or "No More Draft Files."
With the recent Chicago riots in mind, Baltimore police had been assigned to 12-hour shifts. Federal marshals were also on hand. But the relationship between protestors and police was largely peaceful, and the protest remained calm except for some heckling and occasional scuffles between protestors and members of the National States Rights Party there for the George Wallace rally at the Civic Center.
At St. Ignatius Church