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Buffalo Soldiers take Mid-Shore 'Ride for Justice'

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CHESTERTOWN — The heavy metal thunder was unmistakable as a large contingent of motorcyclists made the turn into peaceful downtown Chestertown Sunday morning.

Members of the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club Eastern Shore, Central Maryland, Maryland Mother and Aberdeen chapters rolled into Chestertown around 11 a.m., their northernmost stop on a Mid-Shore "Ride for Justice, and parked at the Kent County Courthouse.

One of the ride's organizers, David "PrimeTime" Perry, said the turnout for the Mid-Shore ride was larger than they ever could have expected.

For their Mid-Shore “Ride for Justice,” Buffalo Soldiers MC members first stopped at the courthouse in Centreville, then made their way up to Chestertown. Next, they headed down to Denton and over to Easton for additional courthouse visits. Their final stop was Cambridge, which included a visit to the Harriet Tubman mural.

Perhaps the youngest rider on Sunday's tour was 10-year-old Karah Brice of Preston. She was there with her father Harold Brice, who took some time to pilot a drone over the courthouse, shooting footage of the gathered riders.

The Mid-Shore tour was an answer to a call from the National Association of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Club for chapters throughout the country to go out on a "Ride for Justice," according to a news release from the organization.

"We are One Club, wearing One Patch, with One Mindset, and it’s our duty to conduct this ride in peaceful protests of the unfair treatment of African Americans, the use of excessive force and the injustice not only to those that have loss lives at the hands of police brutality, but to also show support for those police officers killed in the line of duty,” said National President Nathan "Motown" Mack in the release.

At the Kent County Courthouse, Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club member Sam Hubbard of Preston spoke about an infamous murder trial in the 1890s that saw four black men publicly hung from gallows in Chestertown and five others sent to prison for the rest of their lives.

"It's pretty historic because some of us may have been hung from a tree pretty close to here," Hubbard told assembled club members, also alluding to the 1890s lynching of James Taylor in Chestertown.

The group gathered for a photo in front of the courthouse, holding a “Ride for Justice” banner in the club’s colors, before hopping back on their rides to head out on the road again.

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