Since its colonial founding in the 1760s, Fell’s Point, as Baltimore’s first deep water port, has been home to a diverse population including both free and enslaved blacks who found employment in the thriving maritime industries that made the city an international shipping destination.
To commemorate the 220th Anniversary of the incorporation of Fell’s Point with its adjacent colonial neighbors of Jones Town & Baltimore Town into Baltimore City, the Preservation Society is presenting a free lecture series consisting of four speakers who will highlight the history of the African-American Community, its contributions in defining its place in the development of Fell’s Point as the port of Baltimore and its associations with the historic row of eighteenth century timber framed houses on S. Wolfe Street.
The first lecture in the series takes place, Thursday, March 30 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Lucretia B. Fisher Visitor Center, 1724 Thames Street in Fell’s Point. A reception will follow each lecture.
For the first lecture, Bryan Blundell will speak on the construction of the South Wolfe Street houses in 1797 and their role in providing housing and opportunities for African-American ship caulkers.