In Baltimore with its Black Mayor running City Hall and a Black at the helm of Visit Baltimore, their official travel destination organization for tourism development, we  expected to see a lot of Blackness in the city’s public brand.

And it is all there.

Rising above the public perception of a dysfunctional justice infrastructure, the old riots in the street and the seaported luxury urban professionals enjoy is Baltimore’s African American history and culture and it offers a compelling reason to go there and experience it for yourself.

When you open this Baltimore-visitors-guide you’ll see a dedicated section about abolitionist Frederick Douglas, a Black History Month section about destinations you can visit year round,  images of black and brown tourists having fun, a museum of African American history and culture named after the nation’s first Black billionaire Mr. Reginald F. Lewis, the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and more.