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Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Harmon Hotel

 
 
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By Christopher Busta-Peck, February 23, 2008
1. The Harmon Hotel Marker
Inscription. The Harmon Hotel stood here, one of more than 40 properties owned by Walter Harmon (1869-1915), a local African-American businessman who amassed a fortune in real estate.

A McGaheysville, VA native, Harmon had 10 children and 20 grandchildren. Most worked here before pursuing careers in education, medicine and business. Harmon's widow, Florence Keys Harmon, a native of Williamsport, managed this property until her passing in 1953.

When segregation shut local apartment and hotel doors; the Harmon Hotel hosted back teachers, entertainers and travelers. Their most prestigious guest was Willie Mays. In June 1950 the 19 year rookie came to Hagerstown with the Trenton Giants, a New York Giants farm team, for a weekend series against the local Boston Braves farm team.
 
Erected by Each One Teach One African American Historical Association of Western Maryland.
 
Location. 39° 38.782′ N, 77° 43.203′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Jonathan Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington County Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker
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By Christopher Busta-Peck, February 23, 2008
2. The Harmon Hotel Marker
also named Washington County Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Zion Evangelical and Reform Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Retreat from Gettysburg (about 800 feet away); Jonathan Hager (about 800 feet away); Military Occupation (approx. 0.2 miles away); This Bronze Cannon (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory Of (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
More about this marker. On the center of the marker is a portrait of Walter Harmon, 1869-1915. On the right side is a depiction of the hotel.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAfrican AmericansIndustry & CommerceNotable Persons
 
The Harmon Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, February 23, 2008
3. The Harmon Hotel Marker
 
 
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