“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Solo Gibbs Park

Solo Gibbs Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 18, 2008
1. Solo Gibbs Park Marker
Inscription. Solo Gibbs Park was created in 1979 when 1-395 was built. The 1869 Sachse Bird's Eye View Illustrated Map shows the once larger neighborhood where, since the late 1700s a free African American community lived, worked and worshipped along side European descendant Quakers, Methodists, Baptists, and Lutherans. Baltimore's African Americans organized some of their first churches and schools near here on Sharp Street. Together these people promoted the abolition of slavery and participated in the Underground Railroad network that aided runaway slaves. Similar cooperation later defeated plans to construct 1-95 through Sharp-Leadenhall, Otterbem, Federal Hill, and Fells Point. This community continues to work to sustain affordable housing for people who can trace their family history to the beginning of Baltimore City.

This park and recreation cetner is named in honor of Solo Gibbs (1912-1977) for his passionate work organizing neighborhood youth in recreational activities. Gibbs is proudly seen in his band uniform.

The Hamburg Street Bridge was renamed in honor of Reverend Mildred Moon (1941-1992) who led this community's fight against highway construction and for affordable housing. She was passionate, gracious and highly effective.

Frederick Douglass (1818-1894) joined the Sharp Street Methodist
Solo Gibbs Park image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 18, 2008
2. Solo Gibbs Park
Marker is to the left.
Church in 1836, escaped from slavery in 1838, and became a renowned spokesperson for the abolition movement. Local lore says he planted the english elm tree standing at Hill and Sharp Streets.
Erected by Gwynns Falls Trail Council.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Gwynns Falls Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 16.712′ N, 76° 37.106′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from West Hamburg Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in Solo Gibbs Park. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Struggling For Equality (within shouting distance of this marker); Leadenhall Baptist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Federal Hill and Otterbein (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ebenezer AME Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Salvation Army (approx. 0.3 miles away); Richard H. Trainor (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wrestling in Maryland (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Otterbein Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
Categories. 20th CenturyAbolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansNotable Persons
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,794 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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