“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Clay Street Community Montage

Annapolis Charter 300 1708-2008

Clay Street Community Montage Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 2, 2018
1. Clay Street Community Montage Marker
This montage is the collaborative effort of George "Lassie" Belt, children from the Stanton Community Center (listed below), and Artwalk curator, Sally Wern Comport. This artwork, part of the Annapolis 300 celebration, is at the entrance to the Clay Street community. Clay Street was "uptown" to a sizeable African American population and provided a storied cultural resource to the entire city.

History notes Annapolis had more free blacks per capita in the colonies, and during the 19th century, African Americans comprised one-third of the city's population. Mr. Belt's artwork of an African American man illustrates his perspective of life's struggles, whatever they are, and that such obstacles can be overcome through faith, perseverance, and community. The drawings by young artists (ages 5-13) and offer diverse images and hopeful viewpoints.

A short walk takes you to the Maryland State House and other African American history at the Banneker-Douglass Museum at 84 Franklin Street.

George "Lassie" Belt was born in the Clay Street community, Annapolis, Maryland. Mr. Lassie, as
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he is called by the Stanton Center children, is a friend to many, but devotes his tireless energy, passion, and inspiration to the community's children and young adults. Mr. Belt is a teacher (art, academics, life skills, physical education, and biblical principals) assistant pastor, and mentor to many in his beloved hometown. He devotes his talents to helping each young person be their best.

His pencil artworks speak of courage, hope, and prayer. Lassie attended local schools and the George & Lillian Belt "Home-Training" University (his father and mother). He received his undergraduate degree and did graduate studies at Morgan State University. Mr. Belt was the first recipient of the Annapolis Touchdown Club Steve Belichick Coach's Award. His artwork has been exhibited at Morgan State University, Frostburg State University, the Touchdown Club, and appeared in the Annapolis Anthology publication.

Erected 2007 by the City of Annapolis.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicChurches & ReligionEducation. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list.
Location. 38° 58.776′ N, 76° 
Clay Street Community Montage Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 2, 2018
2. Clay Street Community Montage Marker
29.736′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Clay Street west of Calvert Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45 Calvert Street, Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Remembering the Foot Soldiers of the March on Washington (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln in Annapolis (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tru Fit Clothing Company Fire (about 500 feet away); Between Morning and Midnight (about 500 feet away); Marion Warren's six photographs capture this historic Annapolis neighborhood in a sleepier time (about 500 feet away); The City Spared (about 500 feet away); Site of the Annapolis City Gates (about 500 feet away); Louis L. Goldstein (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 480 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on March 9, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 2, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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