Civil Rights Landmark Demolished in Marble Hill

Civil Rights landmark Freedom House at 1234 Druid Hill Ave. in its final days.
1234 Druid Hill Ave. in its final days.

The unassuming brick townhouse at 1234 Druid Hill Ave. (at the corner of Lanvale and Druid Hill Ave.) in Marble Hill, was demolished in November. Why should we care?

Also known as Freedom House, the house was an important site during the Civil Rights Movement, and home to prominent African American members of the Baltimore community.

Despite efforts undertaken by Baltimore Heritage and other preservation-minded folks, Bethel A.M.E. Church, which has owned the property for decades, decided to demolish the building rather than renovate. Click on the links for Baltimore Heritage’s account of these efforts as well as their call to preserve other endangered Baltimore Civil Rights sites.