FREE Walk and Talk this Saturday April 16th, 10:00am

Wilson and Morgan Park with Dale Green of Morgan State University

WHEN: 10:00am Saturday April 16th, 2011

WHERE: League for People parking lot at the Alameda and Cold Spring Lane

Map and Directions

 

Join the Baltimore Architecture Foundation this Saturday, as we tour the Morgan and Wilson Park neighborhoods with Prof. Dale Glenwood Green, Associate AIA, NTHP, LEED AP of Morgan State University School of Architecture and Planning.

Morgan Park is significant for its concentration of more than 145 historic detached residential dwellings, including the Morgan State University Presidents House, Dr. Carl J. Murphy residence which was frequented by Robert Kennedy, and the primary residence owned and occupied by Dr. W.E.B DuBois and his family; now a Baltimore City Landmark.

Developed in 1917, during the time of Jim Crow, Morgan Park provided housing for the faculty of then, Morgan College, now Morgan State University and other African-Americans who were legally barred by covenant from neighboring communities.

Today, it is a uniquely unknown neighborhood that warrants local, state and national recognition as it remains the only African-American neighborhood developed from the faculty of a historically black college or university (HBCU) that is still intact and thriving. Professor Green and his students have been researching and documenting the neighborhood’s history.

Wilson Park, considered one of Baltimore’s first African-American suburbs, was developed by Harry Wilson, an African American, who began to build houses as early as 1917. In addition to some of the neighborhoods being culturally historic, several are architecturally significant. Wilson’s family began to sell large tracts of land in the early 1950s to developers who built dozens of new homes on St. Georges Ave. and Coldspring Lane. Kimberleigh Road was created in 1953 as part of the development. These homes were bought by a variety of upwardly mobile African-American families including those of steelworkers from the Sparrows Point, postal workers, Morgan State University teachers and administrators.

Morgan Park and Wilson Park are virtually unknown today despite both warranting local, state and national recognition and historic designations. Please join us as Professor Green reveals the exciting history of these unique Baltimore neighborhoods.

 

WHEN: 10:00am Saturday April 16th, 2011

WHERE: League for People parking lot at the Alameda and Cold Spring Lane

Map and Directions