Baltimore’s Civil Rights Heritage

The history of Baltimore in Maryland has an important past regarding marginalized populations. Baltimore’s Civil Rights Heritage involves the in-depth research of African American civil rights against white supremacy, racial inequality, violence, segregation, and discrimination (Baltimore's Civil Rights Heritage). This project proves and demonstrates the effective historical narrative describing the untold histories through major time periods in American history in the specific area of Baltimore (Baltimore's Civil Rights Heritage). This researched project includes a wide array of information regarding the topic of civil rights for people of color.  The city of Baltimore was known for the best interests of African Americans, which were to defend and ensure the survival and success of basic human rights (Baltimore's Civil Rights Heritage). Part of this project contributes to the bigger picture hinting at the significance of Baltimore concerning the African American culture and its people (Baltimore's Civil Rights Heritage). Noted in this project Baltimore held one of the larger populations of free and enslaved people of color (Baltimore's Civil Rights Heritage). This project examines the dispute over slavery before and after the Civil War, the Jim Crow era, as well as the exploration of the interracial student movement at the end of World War II (Baltimore's Civil Rights Heritage). In addition, this project further explains important shifts in the Civil Rights Movement in the Mid-1960s to 1970s (Baltimore's Civil Rights Heritage). This project has researched over 150 years of defending African American’s rights to organize in protest over this wide span of time (Baltimore's Civil Rights Heritage). Specifically, this study examines the location of Baltimore regarding their Civil Rights Movements and the becoming of a catalyst location concerning human rights for the Black population. Because of this, Baltimore's society was transformed through politics and cultural beliefs which influenced construction of the architecture as well (Baltimore's Civil Rights Heritage). The National Register of Historic Places provides a vast amount of projects regarding the history of Civil Rights for African Americans. Therefore the legacy of this project is an ongoing research project trying to document Baltimore’s historic background including African American Civil Rights, landmarks, and historic buildings through preservation.

The documents included in this digital platform contain mostly historical records, and information from various books, articles, censuses, and newspapers. This includes some photographs in some sections but not in all of them. The quality of this site presents an illuminating narrative through many ages of American history located in Baltimore. This site proves that the location of Baltimore was an important place for Civil Rights. With this research, the creators provided a strong argument and historic background for viewers to read. This site explores multiple aspects of history within Baltimore’s area about injustices and inequality but also fighting for rights and more opportunities for African Americans (Baltimore's Civil Rights Heritage). The important aspect of this website is the way the information is sectioned off. On this site, there is an introduction and then presented are different time frames in which the authors created. Ranging from researched years of 1831-1884, then 1885-1929, in addition to,  1930-1965, and finally, 1966- 1976, in addition to a conclusion at the end of this project. This platform offers a wide variety of scholarly research and information about this project. Other features include a map of the listed buildings the organization has researched and a 'resources' tab for further inquires. The significance of this website provides a different perspective of one of the civil rights movements all rooted in one area, which is Baltimore. This website summarizes the amount of suffering African Americans had to endure to ensure their rights, security, and freedom in Baltimore, Maryland.

This website contains an easy system to navigate and includes valuable information for the audience regarding Baltimore’s civil rights movements. The website is separated into general sections, as stated before, such as an ‘about’ section, the ‘introduction’ section, a ‘map’ section, and finally an extra ‘resource’ section for the viewers to explore. The extra tabs on this website give the viewer a more diverse perspective on this topic of social justice and history. The highlight of this platform enables viewers to learn and access information about civil rights, but also many other topics associated with civil rights (Baltimore's Civil Rights Heritage). Each era of history described goes into detail about the historic events that have occurred. The chosen topics conclude with similar themes but offer a bigger picture to the hidden narrative this archive database is foretelling. Therefore access to necessary information through censuses, books, newspapers, scholarly articles enables the reader to feel knowledgeable about Baltimore's history regarding civil rights. The amount of research and narratives provided appeals to the viewer as a significant role in shaping people’s mindsets. The design of this digital platform concludes with a simple landing page image that relates to the topic of thi chosen research at the top of the website, concluded with a table of contents on either side for navigation or for simple interest in different topics. 

The value of this website contributes to a topic that needs to be addressed in times of today. It offers rich and resourceful information to the users and provides numerous themes of injustices addressed. But concerning this site, it lacks visual representation, but in reality, I believe it would take attention away from the important information written. The importance of this research shows the significant themes of what was important in different time frames of history that have impacted society today. 

Footnotes:

  • Baltimore's Civil Rights Heritage. Accessed May 24, 2021. https://baltimoreheritage.github.io/civil-rights-heritage/.