We scored a major victory in preserving Cab Calloway's House — for now
This past week has been a rollercoaster for the Calloway family. As we shared last week, I stood shoulder-to-shoulder (over Zoom) with Jazz legend Cab Calloway's grandson Peter in an effort to stop the demolition of Calloway's home in the middle of a pandemic.
We succeeded in that fight, only to learn days later that the city planned to go ahead with the demolition of the entire block, which would ruin the structural integrity of the Calloway home. They also removed the home's iconic marble stairs.
We acted quickly, calling together the Maryland Historical Society, community activists like former NAACP Baltimore President Doc Cheatham, along with Calloway's grandson, two of his daughters, and his nephew who toured with Calloway.
We don't usually see results this quick, but within hours, the city reversed their decision again. Bottom line: a public hearing will be held before any further action is taken. Together, we celebrated this victory while discussing the value of preserving Baltimore's culture for future generations. Check out our zoom discussion of the day's events here.
This is a big moment for the preservation of a historic piece of Baltimore, but it's an uphill fight from here.
If you can, please reach out to the Baltimore Department of Housing to thank Commissioner Braverman and to ask for a chance to preserve the area without losing our history. The office number for the commissioner is (410) 396-3232.
At the very least, be sure to give a "Hidey Hidey Hidey Ho" today like Cab would want you to.
Thank you for joining us in this fight,