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Event Canceled: Remembering Laurel Cemetery (Lecture & Exhibition Reception)

May 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

By Donation

Event Canceled

Laurel Cemetery was incorporated in 1852 as Baltimore’s first nondenominational cemetery for African Americans. It quickly became a popular place of burial for people across Black Baltimore’s socioeconomic spectrum, including 230 Black Civil War veterans and notables such as Civil Rights activist Reverend Harvey Johnson.

In 1958 and after a series of lawsuits failed to prevail in the courts, Laurel Cemetery was leveled. Today it is the site of the Belair-Edison Crossing Shopping Center, and home to several businesses. However, many current patrons and nearby residents have no knowledge of the site’s former purpose and significance. Join members of the Laurel Cemetery Memorial Project to learn more about the important history of the site and how we can preserve its memory.

 

Our Presenters

Ron Castanzo (UB)- discusses the archaeological portion of the project

Elgin Klugh (CSU)- discusses our efforts for public outreach and engagement

Glenn Blackwell – discusses the efforts of the Baltimore Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society in researching death certificates

Donna Hollie – discusses biographies of individuals buried at Laurel Cemetery

Isaac Shearn – discusses issues regarding the closing and demolition of the cemetery and the formation and design of the Timeline Exhibit

 

ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE LAUREL CEMETERY MEMORIAL FUND

Details

Date:
May 12
Time:
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost:
By Donation
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Venue

The Center for Architecture & Design
100 North Charles Street, Suite P-101
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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