In partnership with Turner Station Conservation Teams, Lyon Homes, and Union Baptist Church, The Turner Station Witness Trees project aims to plant hundreds of “Witness Trees” in the community. These trees will improve the environment and celebrate Turner Station’s community stories.
Preserve Turner Station’s
Rich Cultural History
Enhance Climate Adaption,
Environmental + Public Health
Community kickoff and visioning
August 17th, 6-8 pm
Collect community stories and provide feedback on preliminary site
and interpretive design
September 14th, 6-8pm
Review final Phase 01 site and interpretive design
COMMUNITY DEDICATION CEREMONY
Celebration of Phase 01 trees and art/signage installation
The steel mills and factories brought on by World Wars I and II attracted many workers to east Baltimore. Racist regulations excluded African American workers from factory housing and as a result many residents in the area grew Turner Station into one of the largest African American communities in Baltimore County.
Turner Station became surrounded by industrial sites and landfills that polluted the air and water. The intentional placement of these sites was no accident, but a symptom of deeply embedded racism. Consequences of many environmental injustices are still endured by the Turner Station community of today.
an Unfolding Legacy
Many prominent folks called Turner Station home, including Henrietta Lacks, Chick Webb, and Kweisi Mfume. The legacies of the many trailblazers in the Turner Station community continues to inspire new generations of dreamers, mold-breakers, and social and environmental leaders.
Locating the Witness Trees
The Witness Trees will tell the many stories of Turner Station. Two Phase 01 sites have been identified for their installation, with a third/future site planned.
HEAR THE VOICES
of Turner Station
Watch and listen to Turner Station residents tell their stories about Family & Community, Nature & Sustainability, Faith & Culture, and Legacy & Resilience in the video interviews.
Faith & Culture
Turner Station is home to a diverse array of churches and other religious congregations that are significant to the culture and community. Music of all kinds, including spiritual, has historically been a common thread that has brought Turner Station residents together.
Family & Community
The bonds of family and community in Turner Station have always been strong, and those who grew up here have spoken of an ethos of everyone looking out for one another, and the togetherness that they felt being from this neighborhood.
Legacy & Resilience
Despite many challenges faced by the residents or perhaps even in defiance of them, Turner Station has always been a place where talent and passions thrive and are supported. The strength and resilience of the community is an undeniable part of the legacy of Turner Station.
Nature & Sustainability
Turner Station's goals for the future include a re-integration of diverse and vibrant natural plant communities and sustainable solutions to improving the health and well-being of the community. The trees represent one step in the process toward a more healthy, climate resilient environment.