Black History’s Future on Pennsylvania Avenue

November 7, 2011 at 12:19 am Leave a comment

Harlem has 125th Street; Baltimore has Pennsylvania Avenue. In February 2011, Maryland Morning broadcast this tour from a man who hopes to restore “The Avenue” to its former glory.

Some of Black Baltimore’s richest political and cultural history transpired along Pennsylvania Avenue, between North Avenue and Franklin Street. Earlier this month, the Maryland Morning production team took some recording equipment over there for a tour from James Hamlin, president of the Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative. In honor of Black History Month, we thought we’d bring you along on this short version of that tour, produced by Lawrence Lanahan.

In September, the second annual Homecoming Weekend takes place on The Avenue. More information about that, and about the Pennsylvania Avenue Heritage Trail, at pennsylvaniaavenuebaltimore.com.

Web extra: James Hamlin discusses segregation’s role in Pennsylvania Avenue’s development as a cultural centerhttp://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wypr/local-wypr-954645.mp3]

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- A much prettier website with my journalistic highlights is at lawrencelanahan.com.
- Disappearing Ink released its first album, "There Is No Time and Nothing's Been," in December 2014. It's available on iTunes.
- After almost five years at WYPR, I'm back to freelancing. Editors can reach me at llanahan@gmail.com.
- The Art of Social Critique: Painting Mirrors of Social Life includes my chapter "New Possibilities and Old Limitations of Political Art in The Wire."
- You can still buy my 2004 self-titled EP.

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