Bethel AME Church has demolished one of Baltimore’s historic civil rights landmarks, located at 1234 Druid Hill Avenue, and it’s unclear as to whether they want to demolish 1232. Neighbors, community activists, and preservationists are horrified by the lack of respect the church has shown towards these historic homes over the years. They’ve allowed them to deteriorate, and showed no effort to preserve them or even perform the most basic of maintenance.
1234 Druid Hill Avenue was the former home of Henry Sythe Cummings, one of the first of two black men to graduate from the University of Maryland Law School, and the first African-American to serve on Baltimore’s City Council. It was also called “Freedom House” as it served as an office of the local NAACP chapter. You can read more about the history of the home here.
Unfortunately, Bethel AME also owns the neighboring home, 1232, and it’s rumored that they’re planning to demolish it in the next few days. Because a parking lot is more important than Baltimore’s civil rights heritage?
Rally to Save Baltimore’s Civil Rights Heritage
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 1:00pm
1234 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217
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Many thanks to Eli Pousson from Baltimore Heritage and Marti Pitrelli for putting together the event, and for caring about the neighborhood’s history.