Behind the Stories – “Black on the Bay, Then and Now”

Join Maryland Sea Grant as we dive deeper into a few of the pieces in this issue of Chesapeake Quarterly as several speakers who were integral to the stories share their knowledge and experience. Each free online session will feature a short presentation by the speaker followed by a moderated Q&A session with our communications staff. Visit the speaker series event page here.

October 8, 2021 | 12 p.m. EST

Captain George W. Brown & Black Maritime Legacy

Speaker: Philip J. Merrill
Historian, Author, and Archivist
CEO & Founder, Nanny Jack & Co, LLC

Behind the Story: “Baltimore’s Captain: George W. Brown

For over 30 years, Captain George W. Brown was one of Baltimore’s most prominent and beloved Black business leaders. As a steamboat owner and captain in the early 1900s, he was an indomitable mariner, as well as the founder and manager of Brown’s Grove. Served by his steamboats, the popular destination on Rock Creek was one of the few Black waterfront resorts that operated in the area at that time.

Chesapeake Quarterly “Black on the Bay, Then and Now,” featured Capt. Brown and his contributions to the maritime community of Baltimore and the Bay.

Now, historian and archivist Philip J. Merrill, who has studied Brown as part of his Old West Baltimore historical project, will join us to discuss the captain’s story. Merrill will also share new information that he’s recently uncovered about Black maritime history in the Baltimore area.

Register here!

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