Rosarian John Cook cultivated world-renowned blooms from his West Baltimore greenhouse

John Cook, a west Baltimore florist, gardener and family man, was celebrated in 19th century horticultural circles around the world. During 50 years of breeding roses at Breisgau, his home and greenhouse located just off Edmondson Avenue, he painstakingly cultivated about 25 new hybrids. Nearby Cooks Lane is named for him.

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C. Markland Kelly, Jr., one of 307 losses in the Battle of Midway

C. Markland Kelly, Jr. gave his life for his country at the epic Battle of Midway, which took place 77 years ago this week. Kelly had been a standout lacrosse player throughout his Baltimore school career. After his death, his father established the C. Markland Kelly Memorial Foundation, which has recognized outstanding student lacrosse players each year since the 1940s.

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Poetry and books by Lizette Woodworth Reese help us see 19th century Waverly

Lizette Woodward Reese’s books and poems are one of the few resources available that help us see what life was like in the area that now surrounds the intersection of Greenmount Avenue and 33rd Street.  

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African American vets from all wars rest at Baltimore's Mt. Auburn Cemetery

A casual walk through Mt. Auburn Cemetery hints at the sacrifice that so many African American veterans made for the United States, despite the fact that they did not always enjoy many of the freedoms that many of us took for granted during those years. 

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Louis “Kid” Dorbert, a featherweight boxer who was unafraid of bigger opponents

Boxing was a popular sport in the beginning of the 20th century. In Baltimore, there were a number of venues with regularly scheduled boxing matches. One of the regular fighters was a Baltimore boy, Louis “Kid” Dorbert.  

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