Friday, January 10, 2020

Changing Times

From Maryland Matters:
Little Cara Erskine stood in the cold gray damp of a November day nearly 68 years ago, up on a temporary stage of slight elevation, before a gathering of grownups, most of them in overcoats and hats. The mayor of Baltimore, Thomas J. D’Alesandro Jr., leaned over to present her with a mock key to the new park and playground they had come to dedicate. The “key” was almost half her size. Not quite 5, she seemed frightened, maybe even a little bewildered, by all the hoopla and solemnity and talk of her grandfather, Ambrose J. Kennedy, the well-known former city councilman, state senator, U.S. congressman and Democratic chieftain who hailed from this Johnston Square neighborhood in East Baltimore’s Tenth Ward, once an Irish stronghold. (Read more.)

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