Art celebrating Billie Holiday (200 block of Durham Street, Upper Fell’s Point, Baltimore. April 5th, 2014)
I always admired the beautiful Billie Holiday mural and mosaic on the corner of Pratt and Durham whenever I drove by, and even stopped once to show them to my kids. So yesterday I decided to take the time to appreciate them. What I hadn’t realized was that, in addition to the mural and mosaic seen from the corner, there are many other works of art celebrating her memory, down the block (between Pratt and Gough Streets). It’s all part of the “S. Durham Billie Holiday Project”, launched last year, which also includes painted window screens and streetscaping.
Coincidentally, tomorrow (April 7th) is Billie Holiday’s 99th birthday, and yesterday there was a public celebration there, which I had just missed. Next year’s 100th birthday promises to be epic!
Born in Philadelphia, Billie Holiday (1915-1959) grew up on this block (houses 217 and 219) in Baltimore (from where her mother originally was), before moving to Harlem, New York, in 1929. [Wikipedia]
"American Brewery scene" (1701 North Gay Street, Baltimore)
Broadway East neighborhood, Baltimore, Maryland
Undated (circa 1940-1970)
Robert F. Kniesche (1906-1976)
4x5 inch acetate negative
Maryland Historical Society
Learn about the American Brewery (previously J.F. Wiessner and Sons Brewery) building (now home to Humanim) on the Maryland Historical Trust site.
The building today via Google Maps Street View:
Whiskey by the drink…
Louisville : Kentucky
26 March 2014
Photo with 3 notes
Baltimore Streetcar Museum
It was nice to catch the museum when they were closed but the employees were working. The streetcars are kept in working order and there was a lot of activity at the site.
Enjoyed one this evening as well
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