Deutsch Foundation Buys Afro Newspaper Building on N. Charles Street

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The building that holds Baltimore’s historic and only black newspaper has been purchased by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.

The foundation closed on the property at 2519 N. Charles Street this week. Terms of the sale aren’t being released, and no information was available in state tax records.

The organization, which awards grants and invests in projects aimed at enhancing quality of life, plans to convert the building into its new headquarters by early 2019. The foundation is currently headquartered in Towson in an office building on Kenilworth Drive.

“Over the last seven years, the Deutsch Foundation has turned its focus to the city of Baltimore,” said foundation president and executive director Jane Brown in a statement. “This move allows us to be closer to the programs and people we support. We envision a mix of tenants in this space.”

The Afro, the country’s longest-running black newspaper, has owned the 17,000-square-foot building since 2002, according to tax records. The paper was founded in 1892 by John H. Murphy, Sr., and has spent more than a century chronicling Baltimore news from the black perspective.

The paper’s future in the building remains unclear. A staffer who answered the newsroom phone on Thursday afternoon said no one was immediately available to comment.

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan is Baltimore Fishbowl's associate editor. He previously covered Baltimore-area news as a web producer for Fox45/WBFF-TV. Before arriving in Baltimore, he worked as an assistant editor for CQ Researcher in Washington D.C., and a reporter for Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. Look for his freelance bylines in Baltimore City Paper and DCist.
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