To my friends on AfriGeneas:
If you will be in the Baltimore, Maryland area on Saturday,
September 20, 2003 and are looking for something special to do that day with your family, please consider attending the 7th Annual Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival that will be held all day in Courts Plaza in Towson, Maryland, where all will have fun, and will learn about the history of the African American communities in Baltimore County, Maryland.
Parking in the municipal parking areas are free, and to enjoy
all of the entertainment, both local and national is free. There will be lots of local talent for you to enjoy, and the national entertainment is none other than Stephanie Mills.
I co-chair the historical portion of the festival, and this year
we will feature many displays, including the Tuskegee Airmen (actual
airmen who served during World War II); The Montfort Point Marines
(actual marines who served in the first African American marine unit
during World War II); The Veterans of the 231st Transportation Truck
Battalion (an all African American Maryland National Guard unit that
served the state since 1879, and were activated for military service
during the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and was the only Maryland National Guard unit that was activated to support the Korean War. Two of the units served in Korea in 1950, one in Germany in 1951, and one served in the United States.) Plus numerous other displays, including my own 8,000 photographic display of African
American life in Baltimore County, Maryland, and a special powerpoint
presentation of the life of African American men who worked in the
Bethlehem Steel Mills and Shipyard and lived on Sparrows Point.
There will be lots of activities for children, readings by poets,
talks by some of the people and organizations who will have displays set up, and a bus tour to the historic African American community of Turner Station, with a possible tour in the area of Sparrows Point where African Americans worked and lived since the 1880s. The bus tour is absolutely free, and fills up very quickly, so if any brother wish to make this tour, please let me know ASAP. I will conduct the tour. Turner Station is a very significant community that I just published a book on the history of the community.
E-mail me if you would like more information.
Louis S. Diggs
Visit the web site of Louis S. Diggs at:
Histories of historic African American
communities in Baltimore County, Maryland:
(1) "It All Started On Winters Lane"
(History of Winters Lane)
(2) "Holding On To Their Heritage"
(History of Bond Avenue and Piney Grove)
(3) "In Our Voices"
(History of Chattolanee, Cowdensville and
the Oblate Sisters of Providence)
(4) "Since the Beginning"
(History of East Towson, Schwartz Avenue,
Lutherville and what was once Sandy Bottom)
(5) "Surviving In America"
(History of Halethorpe, Relay, Oella, Granite,
and three communities in Randallstown)
(6) "From The Meadows To The Point"
(History of Turner Station, and what was once
I and J Streets on Sparrows Point)