Press Release: BNHA & NPS to Hold Virtual Public Meeting on PS 103 on April 13th and April 28th at 6:30pm

April 02, 2021

Baltimore, MD - April 2, 2021 - The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) and the National Park Service invite public input on a special resource study focusing on the Public School 103 building at 1315 Division Street in the Upton neighborhood of West Baltimore, Maryland where Supreme Court Justice and civil rights leader Thurgood Marshall attended elementary school from 1914-1921. The study will assess how the former P.S. 103 school building (formally named the ‘Henry Highland Garnet School’) meets criteria for designation as a unit of the National Park System. A 60-day comment period will extend from April 1 to June 1, 2021.

“Input from the public regarding the potential establishment of a national park unit associated with the Public School 103 building and Thurgood Marshall’s early life is critical to the study process. We also hope to learn more about young Thurgood Marshall’s life when he attended the school as well as other neighborhood resources associated with him during his early years,” said Allen Cooper, regional chief of planning, National Park Service. “The information, interest, and inquiries we receive from the public help inform our work as we assess the school and possibly other associated neighborhood sites as a potential addition to the National Park System.”

The study will evaluate the school building and other resources in the neighborhood relating to Thurgood Marshall’s early life using special resource study criteria such as national significance, suitability, feasibility and potential management strategies used to consider possible designations of new units of the National Park System. The study’s findings, along with any recommendations from the Secretary of the Interior, will be reported to Congress. The study is expected to run through 2023.

The National Park Service has prepared the following materials and events to inform the public about the study and to solicit public comment: 

An informative newsletter (pdf) can be found on the project website here:;under the “Open for Comment” tab and then click on “Newsletter."

A ‘virtual’ (online) public meeting on April 13 & April 28th at 6:30 pm. See the project;and the “Meeting Notices” tab for details. During the meeting the National Park Service staff will describe the special resource study process and answer questions. A recording of the meeting will be available on the same website after April 13.

An online public comment submission portal can be accessed online through and click the “Open for Comment” link and then “Newsletter." Submissions by mail can be sent to: National Park Service, Denver Service Center Attn: PS 103 Study / Carrie Miller, 12795 West Alameda Pkwy. PO Box 25287, Denver, CO 80225-0287

The public can find information and updates about the study on the study website at ###