Baltimore's Snap City in Photos
(Anthony McKissic)

Back in July 2014, photojournalist and educator Anthony McKissic took City Paper readers inside the world of "Snap City," a name for the roller-skating crews and skating culture that pervade Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

"Roller-skating crews are extended family constructs with their own customs and rituals," wrote McKissic at the time, going on to highlight how the rhythmic motions used by such groups can be traced to West Africa.


As CeCee Cureton, the president of The Low Riderz, Baltimore's most popular skate crew, put it: "My purpose for starting the club was to bring together people who have a love of skating and a genuine concern for the greater Baltimore community outside of Shake & Bake."

The group has hosted free Thanksgiving dinners and toy drives at the popular West Baltimore skating rink.

Now, McKissic is hoping to raise $10,000 through GoFundMe to launch a full photo exhibition of the subculture to document "the positive impact that skating has within the African American Community in The Washington D.C. metrpolitan area and Baltimore."

Your support will help to preserve a lagecy and promote a positive portrayal of this cultural rhythmic well spring [sic] within the African American comunity, in a time where a plethora of negativity has been over emphasized," his post goes on to say.

You can view a gallery of McKissic's skating photos here.