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ADVISORY: Grand Opening for Long-Awaited East Baltimore Historical Library

Mayor, officials celebrate space to preserve East Baltimore history and culture

Nov. 30, 2021
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Cell: 443-547-8805
jrosen@jhu.edu jhunews@jhu.edu

WHAT: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels, and community leaders open the long-awaited East Baltimore Historical Library, a place to preserve, interpret and convey the rich history of East Baltimore.

WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, December 1.

WHERE: Henderson-Hopkins Elementary School, 2100 Ashland Ave., Baltimore, 21205. Event starts with remarks at the school and then moves to the East Baltimore Historical Library.

BACKGROUND: The idea for the East Baltimore Historical Library was born in 2002 as a response to a development that required the acquisition by eminent domain of 2,000 properties and the relocation of about 750 families. As the neighborhood now known as Eager Park braced for these changes, Nia Redmond, a lifelong resident and community activist, built support for a place to preserve, interpret and convey the rich history of East Baltimore, a place where young people could learn the history of such a strong and resilient community.

Johns Hopkins University and East Baltimore Development, Inc. supported the creation of the East Baltimore Historical Library, which opens Wednesday in three contiguous historic row homes preserved during construction for the Henderson-Hopkins School.

The library features galleries, exhibits, and space for talks and performances. The collections will focus on photographs, documents, art, and artifacts portraying life in East Baltimore. The collection has begun to create an oral history project capturing the stories and memories of aging East Baltimore residents—EBHL has already published 64 digital and hardback books telling stories of the community.

The library will also be home to workshops on genealogy, family scrapbooks, storytelling, and theatrical presentations on historical themes. The library is already developing programs to keep history and memories alive including an annual Grandparents Day, an annual Steelworkers Legacy Luncheon, a community quilting project, and a photography program to document East Baltimore stories with students from City Springs Elementary School.

The grand opening celebration honors the late Maryland Del. Hattie N. Harrison who championed the project. Harrison served in the Maryland General Assembly from 1973 to 2013, the longest-serving member of the Maryland House of Delegates.

To cover please RSVP to Jill Rosen at jrosen@jhu.edu.

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