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Who Should This New Baltimore Elementary School Be Named After? Four Suggestions

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Although it’s still only in the construction phase, the brand-new elementary school in Mays Chapel Park in Timonium is in need of a name. “A goal for this school is for it to be a truly community-oriented school, one in which collaboration with parents, teachers, students and the community is an important and beneficial hallmark,” Steve Coco, the school’s first principal, said according to the Baltimore Sun. “I’m looking forward to hearing from voices across our area through the process of considering and selecting just the right name for our new school.” According to Baltimore County school officials, the name must reference “a community, subdivision or street where the school is located, the geographic location of the school, a significant landmark near the school, or a deceased, prominent person who made an ‘outstanding contribution of service’ to the county, state, or country.” Which gives me a few ideas:

Trick or Treat: Get An Inside Peek of Greenmount Cemetery

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From elites like William and Henry Walters, Johns Hopkins, and Enoch Pratt, to extraordinary slaves like Patty Atavis, and even the infamous assassin John Wilkes Booth, the dead at Greenmount Cemetery tell a rich and fascinating story of the growth of Baltimore. On Saturday, October 27 from 12- 2:30 p.m., Baltimore Heritage will partner with the Maryland Historical Society and Greenmount Cemetery for a rare and special treat: lunch discussion of the famous cemetery followed by a tour led by Greenmount guide Wayne Schaumburg.

Baltimore’s Best Celebrity Graves

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I’m just going to come out and say it:  a city can only coast so long on its Edgar Allan Poe associations. Lucky for us Baltimoreans, there are plenty more exciting dead people to visit around town. Here are a few of our favorite celebrity graves from around town:

Dorothy Parker:  Before the New Yorker writer/celebrated wit died in 1967, she bequeathed her estate to Martin Luther King, Jr. — whom she’d never met — because she felt so strongly about the civil rights movement. After King’s assassination a year later, Parker’s estate reverted to the NAACP, thanks to another provision in her will. So, oddly enough, Parker’s ashes are at the organization’s headquarters in Northwest Baltimore. A small memorial garden features a brick circle, a gravesite stand-in for the Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel, one of Parker’s favorite haunts. A nearby plaque includes the epitaph Parker once suggested for herself:  Excuse my dust.

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