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TURNER STATION

WITNESS TREES

Our Community,
Our Legacy,

Our Future

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.

Forest Trees

PROJECT GOALS

Preserve Turner Station’s
Rich Cultural History

Celebrate Community
Resiliency

Enhance Climate Adaption,
Environmental + Public Health

 

PROJECT TIMELINE

JULY

July 20th

WORKSHOP 01

Community kickoff and visioning

AUGUST

WORKSHOP 02

August 17th, 6-8 pm

Feedback on preliminary site
and interpretive design

SEPTEMBER

WORKSHOP 03

September 14th, 6-8pm

Review of final site and
interpretive design

October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

COMMUNITY DEDICATION CEREMONY

OCTOBER

Review of final site and
interpretive design

 
 
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THE
TURNER STATION
STORY

Growing
Turner Station's
Community

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 many folks the residents grew Turner Station into one of the largest African American communities in Baltimore County.

Environmental Injustice

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.

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Turner Station,
an Unfolding Legacy

Many prominent folks called Turner Station home, including Henrietta Lacks, Louis Armstrong, 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.

 
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Locating the Witness Trees

The Witness Trees will tell the many stories of Turner Station. Three sites have been identified for their installation.

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SHARE YOUR VOICE!

Continue the Turner Station Legacy

To ensure that the story to be told by the Witness Trees is a true reflection of your experiences in the Turner Station community, we want your visions for the space and your stories that space speaks to.
Below, you can choose your favorite images that resonate with your vision of the Witness Trees project. You can also tell us about your memories and stories of your life in Turner Station by recording them through the website.

We are so thankful to you for taking the time to share with us!

 

WHAT IMAGES RESONATE WITH YOU?

Choose your three favorite images in the categories of Signage & Interpretation, Public Art, Planting, and Seating by clicking the "heart" icon.

Signage & Interpretation

Choose your three favorite images by clicking the "heart" icon.

Public Art

Choose your three favorite Public Art images by clicking the "heart" icon.

Planting

Choose your three favorite planting images by clicking the "heart" icon.

Seating & Shared Spaces

Choose your three favorite "Seating & Shared Spaces" images by clicking the "heart" icon.

WHAT STORIES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE?

You can tell us about your memories, experiences, and stories your of life in Turner Station by sending us a recording. See instructions below. 

 

HOW TO RECORD YOUR STORY

01.
Click "Record My Story" Below. It will open a new browser tab with the voice recorder. Click the red "Start Recording" button. Your internet browser may ask permission to use you microphone. Make sure to click "Allow."

02.
You will have 5 minutes to talk. If you need more time when the clock runs out, just continue through the steps to submit your recording and start a new one. Make sure to send both under the same name.

03. 
Once you are done talking, click the "stop" button. You can play back your recording to hear what it sounds like. If you hear some things you want to change and would like to record your story again, click the "reset" button. This will delete your current recording and allow you to start over.

04.
Once you are satisfied with your recording, fill out your name and email (optional). If you don't want to use your name, you can type "Anonymous"

05. 
Click the send button and we will be able to listen to your story.

THOUGHTS?

If you aren't comfortable recording your voice or if you have additional thoughts on the project, please tell us in the comment box below. 

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THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH US!

Your thoughts and stories will help the Witness Trees become powerful voices of the Turner Station community.

Check back to this website for project updates!

OUR PARTNERS

CORE PARTNERS

DESIGN TEAM

Funding graciously provided in part by the Salazar Center for North American Conservation, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, and the Hoffberger Philanthropies.

 

TURNER STATION

WITNESS TREES