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Sentinel reporter Joseph Cress offers a daily digital glimpse back in Cumberland County history with help from our Newspapers.com archives:

50 Years Ago

The Sentinel reported that representatives of the black community in Carlisle met in a special session after the April 10 council meeting to discuss the problems that form the basis of racial tensions in the borough over the past few days. “The sessions, at least in the early portions, resembled a debate session with numerous persons from the audience hurling charges and accusations of police brutality, inequality and seeking answers to questions on recent incidents.” It is believed about 150 residents were in attendance.

In other news, Harry W. Kelso of Carlisle withdrew a plea of not guilty and entered a plea of guilty on a charge of murder related to the Nov. 13, 1968, shooting death of Violet Murling in a home in the 600 block of North Hanover Street. A former cattleman, Kelso was charged in the crime on Dec. 3, 1968, after he recovered at Harrisburg Hospital of wounds he also suffered on Nov. 13. Police found both Kelso and Murling shot in the bedroom of an apartment. Murling, 44, was also known in reports as Mrs. Harry Kelso.

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History and education reporter for The Sentinel.