Month: May 2018

Stories from the City’s Southwest…


“I love the history… It’s a lot of stories here and a lot of history. I think that it would be beautiful if we can document all of this history or find ways of just going back and documenting the past 40 years.”

— Curtis Eaddy

Events and Marketing Manager, Southwest Partnership

A Journey Through Hollins is a free, public event hosted by UMBC students in the “Preserving Places, Making Spaces in Baltimore” public humanities course taught at the university’s downtown classroom in the Lion Brothers Building. Join us on Saturday, May 12 at 2pm for an open house & zine release + Story Map website debut. The first 50 people who attend receive a free public history zine based on the students’ research on the past, present, and future of the Hollins Market area.

At 3pm we depart for a walking tour of the neighborhood led by Curtis Eaddy of the Southwest Partnership. The tour will end at 1116 Hollins Street for an open mic at Hollins Place, a new restaurant that recently opened in the neighborhood. All are welcome.

During the spring semester, students read about and researched the history of the area. Each student researched a specific decade using local newspapers, such as the Baltimore Sun, Afro-American, and Jewish Times, and pieced together a narrative. Students went on a walking tour of the neighborhood led by Curtis Eaddy before choosing a historic building to research using newspapers, deeds, as well as archival research and photos. Students wrote profiles on past vendors or current entrepreneurs in the area for the Stories of Sowebo newspaper. The newspaper was part of artist Malaika Clements’ Neighbor Lights programming in Hollins Market on Friday, April 6. The Light City newspaper and the zine for our event were both designed by Markele Cullins (Visual Arts, UMBC).

Back (left): Curtis Eaddy (Southwest Partnership), Liz Ridinger (B.A. American Studies), Zachary Utz (M.A. Historical Studies – Public History), DeAndre Bright (B.A. American Studies, Education), Jonathan Portuesi (B.S. Biological Sciences & Entrepreneurship minor), Anthony Portuesi (B.S. Biological Sciences & Entrepreneurship minor), Jameka Wiggins (Chemical Engineering), Terece Young (B.A. American Studies & Sociology) Front (left): Sydney McCain (B.A. American Studies, Education), Elizabeth Piet (B.A. American Studies, Education), Lia Adams (M.A. Applied Sociology), Professor Nicole King (American Studies)

After Light City (and spring break), student research shifted to attending events and interviewing local residents and business owners for their public history zine on Hollins Market.

Join us on Saturday, May 12 for A Journey Through Hollins and see this wonderful southwest Baltimore neighborhood and what the students learned this semester… EVERYONE IS WELCOME.


When I first moved to Baltimore over a decade ago…
I remember playing ball on the sidewalk of Hollins street
I remember exploring the Market and getting a chicken box from Jack’s, still unaware that it was a chicken box
I remember driving late at night to Zella’s, one of the few pizzeria’s with really yummy pizza.
Now, eleven years later….
I realize that my early presence in the neighborhood was connected to the process of development
I realize that the Market is now threatened by the impending revitalization efforts of current developers
I realize that small businesses, like Zella’s, can resist urban renewal efforts and still succeed

— Lia Adams (UMBC graduate student, Sociology)