BNHA Pennsylvania Avenue Heritage Trail

Interpretive Framework

Gaining Freedom for All: African American Heritage and the Struggle for Equality

Shaping a Monumental City: The City’s Growth in the 20th Century

Resource Type

Trails and Byways

Old West Baltimore (Upton and Bolton Hill Neighborhoods)

Baltimore, Maryland

The Pennsylvania Avenue Heritage Trail explores the community, civil rights legacy, and famous residents of Baltimore’s premier historic African American neighborhood. Major attractions along the trail include historic churches (Union Baptist, Sharp Street Memorial, Bethel AME, and Douglas Memorial), the home (and future museum) of civil rights leader Lillie Carroll Jackson, and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s elementary school. Colorful storyboard panels help guide visitors and provide some background on the amazing people that lived and worked the neighborhood.