We are Baltimore. We’re black and white and so much more. We’re young and old, newcomer and old-timer.
We work hard. We love our neighborhoods. We never forget what high school we went to. We cheer for the Orioles in summer and the Ravens in winter. We’re passionate about whatever game our kids are playing.
We’re not the same. We’re glad we don’t all look alike or even talk alike, hon.
We love when people come to call. We are proud to be the home of the Star Spangled Banner and Edgar Allan Poe, Johns Hopkins and the Preakness. You’ll find us at the Walters, the BMA, the Reginald Lewis Museum and the AVAM. This is the hometown of Cab Calloway, Philip Glass and we like to claim Marin Alsop.
Hungry? We’ve got Little Italy and the restaurants of Cindy Wolf and Bryan Voltaggio and so many other great places to stop.
Thirsty? Pull up a barstool and we’ll pour you a Union, Raven, a Resurrection. Natty Boh doesn’t live here anymore but we still love him, too. Did you know Baltimore even has a meadery?
We have gathered to celebrate our city for decades. No, Baltimoreans have celebrated their city for centuries.
The Flower Mart brings us together for blossoms and crab cakes in May. The Preakness makes us all horse racing fans. Visits by Whitbread and then Volvo around the world sailboats made us all sailors. We love our ethnic festivals and our book festival. The bicentennial of the War of 1812 allowed us two opportunities to welcome the world. This summer we’ll celebrate the bicentennial of our Washington Monument.
All of us who love our Charm City have had our hearts broken over the events of the last few weeks. We’ve cried together, prayed together, and begun the work of healing together. We have our problems — doesn’t every city? We’re trying to solve them everyday.
We are Baltimore. Strong. Resilient. Home.
© Text and photos
Mary K. Tilghman
Beautiful. Baltimore is one of my favorite places in the world and my heart was broken by all the unrest in the past week. But, it’s a tough city and I know it will heal. Thank you for reminding everyone of its beauty and history and resilience!