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African American Fairfield baseball team & John Jeffries. Approx. 1933


From community building to chemical dumping, the industrial urban landscape holds stories of the wonders and the horrors of the history of the United States of America.  “Mapping Baybrook” is a collaborative and interdisciplinary exploration of place that blends digital mapping technologies with research into the history and culture of an industrial community in Maryland referred to as Baybrook—a merging of the names of two neighborhoods Brooklyn and Curtis Bay.  This community is a mix of diverse but connected neighborhoods located along the southeast coastline of Baltimore City.  The Greater Baybrook area includes the past and present neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Curtis Bay, Fairfield, Hawkin’s Point, Masonville, and Wagner’s Point.  A key objective of “Mapping Baybrook” is to document and preserve a sense of place and memory within this small harbor community cut off from downtown Baltimore by the Patapsco River.  The project interprets the changes that have occurred in this overlooked but historic community throughout the arc of American industrialization.

In collaboration with Steve Bradley, Nicole King, and Imaging Research Center, UMBC.

  Several excerpts from a longer interview with John Jeffries, long time resident of now disappeared village of Fairfield north of Brooklyn and Curtis Bay (test audio files):

Archival imagery << here
Larger Google Map: critical locations
Google Resources, references


Photo doc resources:
John Jeffries - past resident of Fairfield, Maryland - photo archive
Horton McCormick - past resident of Wagner's Point - photo archive
Eric Holcomb - Commission for Historica and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) - photo archive

Other photo archives:
Picasa + archectural + 001 tour + 002 tour + BFHS June 14 event +
Panaramio + mixed GPS +
historaial +