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Baltimore has that elusive quality of Soul not born from a master plan. Good geography, blind luck and the fierce drive of its people have compressed more attractions, seafood restaurants, upscale shops and historic sites in a waterside destination than any other American city. As the largest city below the Mason-Dixon Line, so many black heritage and cultural sites have forged within its compact borders that the “Map of Soul” is compelled to run through Charm City.

Cultural Sites
Famous for having five African-American museums, two HBCUs, two Black Greek headquarters, a park named after a Negro Leagues Baseball star and many other cultural attractions … More

Restaurants and Nightclubs
Charm City has many upscale nightclubs, Soul Food, Caribbean and Ethiopian restaurants and Coffeehouses. It could use a few more Barbecue and Creole dining options … More

Before Baltimore’s founding in 1729, the African Americans presence helped shape maritime and agribusiness life in the State of Maryland. Slave labor built … More

Historic Sites
Isaac Myers was an 18th century black businessman who employed Frederick Douglass at this waterfront site to load and unload cargo ships. His business grew to include ship repair … More

General Attractions
The attractions in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor keep expanding, so do its visitors. See why so many new residents are moving into condos around … More

Family Attractions
With Maryland Science Center, National Aquarium, USS Constellation, Port Discovery Childrens Museum, Sports Legends Museum and sports stadia … More

The Arts
Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art, Peabody Institute, Hippodrome Theatre, American Visionary Art Museum, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Lyric Opera House, Pier Six Pavilion … More

Pennsylvania Avenue
Mention Pennsylvania Avenue to any Baltimore native born 1950 or earlier and you are sure to hear tales of Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald … More

A Civil Rights Hoax Gone Good
Sparked by JFK’s international policy goals, Baltimore’s most famous contribution to the Civil Rights Movement utilized well-intentioned deception and good timing, … More

Places of Worship
Bethel AME Church, Founded just after 1787 by Rev. Daniel Coker, it is the oldest independent black institution in the city and features an Afrocentric mural … More

Black Theatre and Howard Rollins
Baltimore has produced actors such as Claudia McNeil, Charles Dutton, Anna Deveare Smith, and Jada Pinkett-Smith. None had more star appeal than Howard Rollins … More

Baltimore has given the world Eubie Blake, Chick Webb, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday — all were legendary performers historic Pennsylvania Avenue … More

Oprah Winfrey’s Baltimore Milestone
In 1976, WJZ TV station was looking for someone to extend its appeal to Baltimore Black and female audience. Energetic 22-year old Oprah Winfrey arrived with a different take the news … More

Shops & Galleries
Some of our favs have changed quite a bit over the the last 5 to 8 years. Fortunately, a cherished few shops & galleries made it through the Great Recession. Lets hope they came out stronger … More

Innkeeper and Spas
At Phoenix Risin’, enter an art-filled house of love, warmth and pampering; this three story Victorian townhouse in the heart of historic Bolton Hill offers three rooms … More

Maryland Crabs & Soul Food
One flavorful Maryland crab cake topped with spicy mustard yells, “this is crab country!” Visit any seafood restaurant in the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Canton, South Baltimore … More

Trivia, Radio Stations and Famous Residents
As late as 1960, only New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Detroit had more city residents than Baltimore. Today, … More

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