Baltimore's 'Trail of Tears'


NOWHERE has the growth of tourism in Baltimore been more visible than along the Pratt Street corridor. Within a stone's throw of the street stand some of the city's crown jewels: the National Aquarium, Harborplace, Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Last weekend Baltimore celebrated the achievements of its African-American community at Afram, a cornucopia of music, dance, art and food held at Festival Hall on Pratt Street.

How many of those at Afram last weekend gave it a thought?

Ralph Clayton is a research library assistant at the central branch of the Pratt Library. His third book is "Slavery, Slaveholding and the Free Black Population of Antebellum Baltimore."

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