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It is without question that the City of Baltimore was built by generations of African Americans. From Baltimore’s earliest days as a small port in Colonial Maryland, black hands—free and enslaved—laid the building foundations and built the ship keels that would make the city a center of commerce and culture on the Chesapeake Bay. Subsequent generations endured the horrors of war, celebrated the establishment of churches and esteemed civic organizations, created wondrous works of art, and fought for equality and freedom for all. Today these contributions to the city and the nation are commemorated by a constellation of world-class museums, renowned institutions, and thoughtful and moving monuments, statues, and sculptures.


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