The people of Baltimore can soon color their way through the city's statues of historical figures.
Brandon Nicklas, 36, is the author of the coloring book "Baltimorials: Color your way through Baltimore's Memorial Sculptures, from Armistead to Zappa!" The Middletown native said in a press release that he "created this book as a hobby project to celebrate some of the public art in our city, but also to educate readers about the people who have (and one who has not) been honored with a statue."
Figures in the coloring book include Johnny Unitas, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Francis Scott Key, Edgar Allan Poe, Mother Seton, Babe Ruth, Billie Holliday, William Donald Schaefer among others. Nicklas said the characters in the book are a balanced cohesion of race, gender and occupation that includes writers, political, sports and religious figures, artists, founders of Maryland and war heroes.
Nicklas hopes the coloring book will reinforce Baltimoreans' city pride and make them better informed, particularly where representation of gender and race are concerned, he said in an email.
The book is 28 pages and will be available for $5 at Captain Larry's Bar and Grill in Riverside and the Book Escape in Federal Hill beginning June 15. A reception to celebrate the book's release is set for June 15 at Captain Larry's.