After nearly three decades of researching and archiving materials, the 2,000-square-foot East Baltimore Historical Library is opening in April.
How did the museum come to fruition?
East Baltimore includes neighborhoods such as Fell’s Point, Harbor East, and Patterson Park. Like many urban communities across America, the area began to deteriorate following the 1968 riots in protest of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.
In 1992, city government officials approved plans to redevelop the neighborhood. Around the same time, local activist Roxcelanna Redmond began documenting the past and existing community and its longtime residents, hoping to one day display these materials for the public, according to the Baltimore Sun.
In 2012, former state Delegate Hattie N. Harrison proposed successful legislation to secure a $250,000 grant to establish a library. Construction of the museum, which includes three former row-homes owned by Johns Hopkins University, began last year.
Anything else I should know?
The museum will feature exhibitions, lectures, and intimate performances, plus workshops on genealogy, family scrapbooks, storytelling, and more. The goal is to connect East Baltimore’s past to its present by affirming “the identities and aspirations of those who have lived here, who live here now, and who will live here in the future,” said Johns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels, at the museum’s dedication ceremony.
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