Experience the Soul of Charm City: 10 Facts about Baltimore’s African American Heritage
- The Great Blacks in Wax Museum
Baltimore is home to “The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum,” the first wax museum dedicated solely to African American history. It features lifelike wax figures of prominent Black historical figures, bringing their stories to life uniquely and engagingly.
- Historic Pennsylvania Avenue
Pennsylvania Avenue was once a vibrant hub of African American culture and entertainment during the era of segregation. Famous musicians, including Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway, graced the stages of theaters along this historic avenue.
- The Afro-American Newspaper
Founded in 1892, The Afro-American is one of the longest-running African American newspapers in the United States. It played a crucial role in chronicling the struggles and triumphs of the Black community in Baltimore and beyond.
- Baltimore’s Jazz Legacy
The city has a rich jazz history, with legendary performers like Eubie Blake and Ethel Ennis calling it home. The vibrant jazz scene has left an indelible mark on Baltimore’s cultural landscape.
- Frederick Douglass’ Legacy
Renowned abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass spent a significant portion of his life in Baltimore. The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park stands as a tribute to his enduring legacy.
- The Great Migration Impact
During the Great Migration, many African Americans moved from the rural South to industrial cities like Baltimore in search of better opportunities. This migration significantly influenced the city’s demographics and cultural identity.
- Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Named after the prominent businessman and philanthropist Reginald F. Lewis, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture showcases the rich heritage of African Americans in the state.
- Horseshoe Casino’s Historical Connection
The Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is located on Russell Street, which was once the heart of Baltimore’s Black entertainment district, featuring iconic venues like the Royal Theater and the Sphinx Club.
- Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church
Founded in 1806, Ebenezer AME Church is one of the oldest African American congregations in the country. Its rich history includes being a stop on the Underground Railroad and a place of worship for Harriet Tubman.
- Baltimore’s Black Culinary Scene
Baltimore’s food scene is heavily influenced by African American culture. From the renowned Maryland crab cakes to soul food joints serving up delicious comfort food, the city’s culinary offerings reflect its diverse and flavorful heritage.