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Ezra Hill chats about his 100-plus years in Baltimore

Ezra Hill chats about his 100-plus years in Baltimore

Ezra E. Hill Sr. steps into the room wearing a dark suit and tie and soon casually remarks that he’s a 1931 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. His Maryland driver’s license indicates that he was born in 1910.

There’s no reason to argue if he’s 105 or 108. Ezra Hill does not look it. His face is smooth and unlined, and despite some hearing loss, he recounts the details of his amazing life. He’s been a successful Oldtown merchant, fought in World War II and landed at Normandy, and enjoyed his encounters with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali.

As a young man in Baltimore in the 1930s, he played center field in the Negro Baseball League. In 1937,...

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