Baltimore history


“The first chapter opens up with Michael Brown and Ferguson,” says the textbook’s co-author, Macalester College Professor Duchess Harris. “And then we backtrack to do a historical overview of interactions that African Americans have had with police encounters, historically. Then we return to Trayvon Martin and go all the way up to Baltimore.”

This is what we did. We fought for our voices to be heard and this is what we got, I am so proud. #Love it!

Historian Says Don’t ‘Sanitize’ How Our Government Created The Ghettos

“We have a myth today that the ghettos in metropolitan areas around the country are what the Supreme Court calls 'de-facto’ — just the accident of the fact that people have not enough income to move into middle class neighborhoods, or because real estate agents steered black and white families to different neighborhoods or because there was white flight. It was not the unintended effect of benign policies, it was an explicit, racially purposeful policy that was pursued at all levels of government and that’s the reason we have these ghettos today and we are reaping the fruits of those policies.”

-Richard Rothstein

Photo of Baltimore by Kevin B. Moore

On the rioting in Baltimore

I saw someone on Facebook say the following:

“Why would anyone want to listen rationally to a group destroying, looting and causing harm?“

Oh my sweet summer child, allow me to give you a history lesson.

The Boston Tea Party, December 16, 1773

That evening, a group of 30 to 130 men, some dressed in the Mohawk warrior disguises, boarded the three vessels and, over the course of three hours, dumped all 342 chests of tea into the water.


The Stamp Act Riots, August 14, 1765

At night, a crowd, led by Ebenezer MacIntosh, a veteran of the Seven Years’ War and a shoemaker, cut down the mock Oliver and took it in a funeral procession to the Town House where the legislature met. From there they went to Oliver’s office, tore it down, symbolically stamped the timbers, and took the effigy to Oliver’s home at the foot of Fort Hill where they beheaded the effigy, then burned it along with Oliver’s stable house and coach and chaise. Greenleaf and Hutchinson were stoned when they tried to stop the mob, which then looted and destroyed the contents of Oliver’s house.


The Pine Tree Riots, April 14, 1772

At dawn the next day, 20 or 30-40 men led by Mudgett with faces blackened with soot entered Whiting’s room and assaulted him and his deputy with tree switches. They gave him one lash for every tree for which they were being fined. They cut off the ears and shaved the manes and tails of Whiting and Quigley’s horses to render them valueless. In a further effort to disgrace the men, the people of Weare forced Whiting and Quigly to ride out of town through a gauntlet of jeering townspeople. 


So yes, we cannot possibly take these savages seriously. Down with the Revolution! Long live King George!

Night street scene
Bolton Street from Dolphin Lane, Baltimore, Maryland
Hughes Company
8x10 inch glass negative
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore Sun visuals editor wins White House News Photographers awards

A man screams “Hands up!!” after being chased by a police officer in downtown Baltimore near Lexington Market. The man, who police suspected of looting and property damage, was running from police before he fell and was arrested. The looting and unrest April 27, 2015 followed the burial of Freddie Gray, who died after being taken into police custody. Six officers were indicted in the case and trials are currently underway. This photograph placed first in the Domestic News category of the White House News Photographers Association’s 2016 Eyes of History contest.

(Christopher T. Assaf) 


My heart goes to the guy on the ground. Christopher T. Assaf is a winner now, but I doubt that this man feels the same. I hope he’s fine. I appreciate the work of Assaf and the other photographers. The Internet is global nervous system of humanity. It’s important to share what we feel to know what to heal.

“Young Hucksters”
Baltimore, Maryland
Elinor B. Cahn
8x10 inch photograph
The East Baltimore Documentary Photography Project
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society

Copyright Elinor B. Cahn, 1977

“In 1976, Maryland Institute College of Art photography professor Linda G. Rich, and two of her students, Joan Clark Netherwood and Elinor B. Cahn, began work on a project documenting the large swath of neighborhoods collectively known as East Baltimore. What was intended to be merely a project for Rich’s class on social documentary photography, instead evolved into a four-year undertaking, resulting in over 10,000 photographs, and a unique portrait of a neighborhood in transition.” Read more about the background of The East Baltimore Documentary Project.


D-Day: Frontpage News

Above are a selection of front pages from newspapers from across Britain, Canada and the United States.  Once the invasion had begun at 05:00 on the morning of the 6th June the news was announced publicly hours later, with many Newspapers going to print with preliminary reports.

The New York Times, and many other newspapers across the world, ran extra editions as soon as they received the news of the Invasion, above are two editions of The New York Times published on 6th June.

Many of the Canadian papers ran with the news that the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division was in the vanguard landing on Juno Beach.  Some of the paper’s focus on the number of bombing sorties or men and ships that are involved while others report that resistance is lighter than expected. One thing that is common to almost all of the front pages is the use of a map diagram to show the general area of the landings.

The press office of the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force had pre-prepared statements and press releases and carefully disseminated details of the invasion’s progress from battlefield reports.

The newspapers featured above are as follows:

The Vancouver Sun, (source)
The Baltimore Evening Sun, (source)
The Daily Telegraph, London, (source)
The Evening News, London, (source)
The Evening Citizen, Ottawa, (source)
The New York Times - 6AM Extra, (source)
The Daily Mirror, London, (source)
The Globe & Mail, Toronto, (source)
The Duluth News-Tribune, (source)
The New York Times, (source)


It’s Throwback Thursday, Halloween addition! Need ideas to spice up your Halloween night? How about contacting spirits (or goof off with friends) using the legendary Ouija board?? 

Did you know the Ouija board was created by former MICA student William Fuld, who designed the board in Baltimore, and received a patent for it in 1892?

Read more about William Fuld and the creation and evolution of the Ouija board here!

[Baltimore] City Hall, Centennial Illumination
[100 Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland]
Unidentified photographer
8x10 inch glass negative
Glass Plate Negative Collection
Maryland Historical Society

Google Maps Street View of Baltimore City Hall from Gay Street:

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