When: Thursday, May 12 / 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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Remembering Laurel Cemetery: Lecture & Exhibition Reception

Join us for a lecture to remember Laurel Cemetary, a resting place for Black Civil War veterans and notable civil rights activists…

About this event

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 Dr. Isaac Shearn 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)- I discuss our efforts for public outreach and engagement

Glen Blackwell – discusses the efforts of the Baltimore African American Historical and Genealogical Association 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


Sponsor This Special Event

Major sponsor ($500): Company logo on website and marketing materials. Recognition at event and 2 tickets for company representatives.

Sponsor ($250): Company name included on website and marketing materials. Recognition at event, and 1 ticket for company representative.

To access sponsorship for this upcoming program, please contact Margaret Stella Melikian at mstella@aiabalt.com