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Petitioning Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Save Read's Drug Store: Defend our nation's black history!

Read's Drug Store is a historic landmark of Baltimore's civil rights struggle. The mayor as well as the BDC are fighting tooth and nail to destroy it and we need to work together to preserve this important piece of history.
Read's Drug Store, built in 1934 and located at Howard and Lexington Street played a monumental role in Baltimore's civil rights struggle. In the 1950's Read's Drug Store enforced segregation laws, prohibiting Black Americans from sitting at the lunch counter. In 1955, a brave group of students from Morgan State organized a protest in which they sat down at the counter, refusing to move until they were served. This event ended up being the first successful student-run sit-in in Baltimore's history.
Although this site has been declared a historic landmark, our mayor wants to destroy it so that the area can be developed and gentrified. As citizens of this city, we cannot stand for the destruction of this vital piece of our city's history.

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