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How the U.S. Government Destroyed Black Neighborhoods

Post-World War II Urban Renewal Replaced Thriving Black Hubs with Highways
and Public Housing

a 2020 article by Scott Beyer in Catalyst

Remembering the People of the Old 4th Ward

A Community Built on Brotherhood

The Old 4th Ward was the core of Annapolis's African American community as early as the 19th century. The community grew up around Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church (1803) and came together even more tightly during post-Civil War reconstruction, as segregation grew. It found kinship in the churches, fraternal organizations, and the Stanton School, which was founded in 1865.

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