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Explore Middle East Baltimore History

East Baltimore has been a historic Black community for over 100 years and was a destination for many African American refugees fleeing the violence of Jim Crow South during the Great Migration. Generations of East Baltimore residents grew up knowing their neighbors and created deep social ties rooted in the shared histories of migration and the creation of new lives and families amidst the challenges of structural racism in Baltimore. However, the City of Baltimore and Johns Hopkins partnered repeatedly over the last century to remove Black residents from East Baltimore through ongoing urban renewal legislation and eminent domain projects. This has erased the neighborhood and destroyed the contributions of generations of East Baltimore residents who created and nurtured each other and their larger community. The BRACE community archive is a tool against the ongoing forces of erasure in Middle East Neighborhood. Click on the links below to explore photos, audio, and video from the community.

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