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Tour: A Walk through “the Reservation”—The Historic Lumbee Indian Community

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 9:00 am12:30 pm
meet at South Broadway Baptist Church, 211 S. Broadway (between Pratt and Gough streets)
Sponsored by the 2019 Local Planning Committee

Following World War II, thousands of Lumbee Indians migrated from North Carolina to Baltimore City seeking jobs and a better quality of life. They settled on the east side of town, in an area that bridges the neighborhoods of Upper Fells Point and Washington Hill. Today, most Baltimoreans would be surprised to learn that this area was once so densely populated by Indians that it was known as “the reservation.” Come walk with members of Baltimore’s Lumbee community to learn more about the places and spaces tied to their history in the city, including active sites like South Broadway Baptist Church and the Baltimore American Indian Center. These institutions were established by Lumbee people in the mid-twentieth century as safe spaces where their culture could be freely practiced in diaspora. They survive today as the cornerstones of the community. The Baltimore American Heritage Museum features a permanent collection of artifacts from throughout the Americas, as well as a revolving exhibit that is typically curated by community members. 

The tour concludes with a stop for lunch at El Salvador restaurant, but the price of lunch is not included in the tour registration fee.

What to Expect: You will be visiting a very diverse and lively urban neighborhood in transition. Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Avoid bringing flashy or expensive gear or big bags. We will walk approximately 1 mile, 2 blocks of which will be slightly uphill. The Baltimore American Indian Center Heritage Museum has a gift shop. Please be prepared to purchase your lunch at El Salvador restaurant.

Parking: The 100 block of S. Broadway has free parking; Pratt and Lombard streets have free parking. The 200 block of S. Broadway is metered. DO NOT leave any valuables in your car. Try to avoid parking in the unit block of S. Broadway or further north. Avoid parking west of S. Broadway.

Public Transportation: The Charm City Circulator Green Route makes stops on S. Broadway. The MTA also makes stops on S. Broadway.  

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Tour Guides:

Jeanette Jones is an elder leader of Baltimore’s Lumbee community. She is of the generation that made “the reservation.” A retired director of the Title VII Indian Education Program of Baltimore City Public Schools, Jeanette has served as an educator and advocate for her people for many years, in many capacities.

Ashley Minner is a community-based visual artist from Baltimore, Maryland. An enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, she has been active in the Baltimore Lumbee community for many years. She is a lecturer and folklorist in the Department of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County, through a partnership with Maryland Traditions, Maryland’s state folklife program. Ashley is also a doctoral candidate in the Department of American Studies at University of Maryland College Park, where she is completing her dissertation on the changing relationship between Baltimore’s Lumbee Indian community and the neighborhood where they first settled.

Photo by Colby Ware

Register by August 31. Maximum: 25 participants



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