Easterwood/Matthew Henson Community
Freddie Gray 2015 Unrest Area
13 Businesses & 1 Auto Burned & Destroyed [2100 block of W. North Ave.]
MORE BUSINESSES HIT THAN ANY OTHER COMMUNITY
NO Food Market - NO Senior Center - NO Community Action Center
NO Health Clinic - NO Pharmacy - NO Bank - NO Laundromat - NO Early Vote Site
NO Job Training Rehab Center - NO Mental Health Clinic
NOT IN OPPORTUNITY ZONE
#1 1741 W North @ Fulton - Oxford Tavern - looted +"Inside" totally destroyed
#2 1801 W North @ Fulton - Ebony Liquor - looted +"Inside" totally destroyed
#3 1827 n Fulton - Grab n Go - looted and door damaged
#4 1501 n Fulton - Doc's Liquor - DOOR + window broken
#5 1807-11 Baker - Oxford liquors - window broken + liquor stolen
#6 1500 n Monroe - Holly's Convenience - burned, looted and "Inside" totally destroyed
#7 1831 n Appleton Corner Store - looted, totally damaged
#8 1835 n Payson - Supermarket + Deli - DOOR & window damaged
# 9 1601 Smallwood - Wishful Market - window broken
#10 2201 W North - Fireside North -"Inside" burned - looted -mgr. beaten
#11 1825 n Smallwood - Beauty Fair - totally looted +"Inside" burned completely
# 12 1825 Smallwood - Mamma's Carryout -"Inside" totally burned
# 13 2115 W North - Uptown Liquors -"Inside" burned + looted
Very little improvements have been made, no funding to the community hit the hardest and Gilmor Homes are being partially demolished with no planned improvements.
MHCDC was just awarded a TONY HAWK FOUNDATION AWARD GRANT. Last year through the splendid leadership of Director Reginald Moore the Baltimore City Bureau of Recreation and Parks set aside $300,000.00 for the building of a skatepark. The unbelievable relationship between two different and racially diverse communities, Hampden and Easterwood, through great servant-leader Stephanie Murdock and Skatepark Baltimore, these two (2) communities are on the way to bringing to fruition a much needed recreational activity for a truly neglected community.
MHCDC just celebrated its third year of having built the 'McKean Miracle' - Easterwood/Sandtown Park and Playground, 1515-1557 N. McKean Avenue, through C.O.R.E. funding. This remarkable park is a block and 1/2 from the 1700 block of Presbury Street, at 1600 N. Fulton, where Freddie 'Pepper' Gray was injured and later died from that injury.
The late Congressman Cummings accepted our challenge to walk through our Matthew Henson community. We had earlier stated he had not visited in a while. U.S. Senator Cardin also accepted an invitation after the 2015 riots and we did a C-SPAN taping discussing the neglect of our community - https://www.c-span.org/video/?326420-1/senator-ben-cardin-d-md-baltimore-recovery. A 250,000.00 grant was given to address the mental health of 5 schools which, for some reason, excluded Carver Vocational High School.
THE MHCDC BROUGHT SEVEN (7) TRACTOR TRAILERS FILLED WITH FOOD AND VARIOUS ITEMS TO THE COMMUNITY ON THREE (3) CONSECUTIVE DAYS TO KEEP THE COMMUNITY FROM STARVING. THERE WAS NOT ONE STORE OPENED.
Through the leadership of C-4, Clarence Mitchell IV, the Baltimore ORIOLES REACH program enabled Doc Cheatham to escort more children than anyone [over 7,000] to Orioles games, we still sing his praises. 'LET'S DO IT AGAIN,' by again doing something significant for the least of these - OUR CHILDREN - of the Freddie Gray neglected area.
What a tremendous partnership it would be if television and radio stations along with newspapers would partner with The Tony Hawk Foundation, Baltimore City Bureau of Recreation and Parks, Skatepark of Baltimore, and the Matthew Henson Community Development Corporation to raise the final funds needed to build a Skatepark at Easterwood Park where our community suffered 13 businesses hit during that unrest and still have not received the physical and financial support it should. Let us collectively announce a GO FUND ME initiative to raise the final funds needed for this tremendous uplifting and much-needed project. Let us undo the economic exploitation of this community not being in the 'OPPORTUNITY ZONE.'