February is Black History Month, when our nation celebrates the contributions of Black Americans to our history, culture & society. Few cities in America can match the rich African-American heritage that Baltimore is blessed with. As one of the oldest parts of the city and an important port, Greater Fell’s Point has also endowed this legacy. Billie Holiday lived here on S. Durham Street and is celebrated with some of Baltimore’s renowned murals on the 200 block where she resided. The distinguished abolitionist and author Frederick Douglass worked in our shipyards as a slave, escaped to freedom and returned here and constructed rental housing for former slaves after the Civil War. A plaque commemorating him can be found at his former residence at 524 S. Dallas Street. Fell’s Point also celebrates the legacy of Isaac Myers who was the first African American to own a shipyard.
Betwixt the Billie Holiday Murals in the Northeast and the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park & Museum in the southwest there are several Black-owned businesses to patronize and eat at while you reflect upon the legacy of these great Americans.
Angel Park- 1707 Aliceanna Street. angel-park-boutique
Katwalk Boutique- 1709 Aliceanna Street. www.thekatwalkboutique.com
London Couture Boutique- 1716 Fleet Street. https://www.londoncoutureboutique.com
MAJA- 1921 Fleet Street. http://majacollections.com
Connie’s Chicken & Waffles- Broadway Market. www.connieschickenandwaffles.com
Ekiben- 1623 Eastern Avenue. http://www.ekibenbaltimore.com
Taharka Brothers- Broadway Market. http://www.taharkabrothers.com
Scrub Nail Boutique- 722 S. Broadway, #200. http://www.scrubnailboutique.com (Appointment only)
Frederick Douglass – Isaac Myers Maritime Park & Museum- 1417 Thames Street. frederick-douglass-isaac-myers-maritime-park