Historic Sites & Monuments
Taking a walk in Fell’s Point or exploring Mount Vernon? Relaxing for a while at the Inner Harbor? Take a closer look around you—and under foot—for the statues and monuments that dot Baltimore’s city streets and corners. Our monuments pay tribute to the leaders and everyday people who played a part in history, at home and abroad.
Black Soldiers Statue at the War Memorial Plaza
Corner of Holiday and Fayette streets in front of City Hall
A tribute to African-American soldiers from every American conflict, this nine-foot bronze statue designed by Morgan State University professor James E. Lewis honors the African-American military experience.
Billie Holiday Statue and Royal Theater Marquis Monument
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue
In the “roaring ’20s,” Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue was home to the Royal Theatre, where jazz greats like Billie Holiday performed. A bronze statue of Lady Day was dedicated some 20 years ago, less than a block from the historic Royal Theatre.
Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse
Calvert and Lexington streets
Baltimore’s central courthouse was renamed to honor civil rights activist and Baltimore native son Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Mitchell was instrumental in securing the passage of several civil rights laws in the 1960s.
Holocaust Memorial and Statue
Gay and Lombard streets
Between 1933 and 1945, Europe witnessed one of its greatest tragedies. More than six million Jewish people were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. This monument pays tribute to the lives lost.
Frederick Douglass Marker
Intersection of Aliceanna and South Durham streets in Fell’s Point
This marker in Fell’s Point Square pays homage to orator, author and newspaper publisher Frederick Douglass, one of the nation’s greatest activists and abolitionists.
Frederick Douglass Statue
Morgan State University, Holmes Hall
1700 East Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251
This statue of Frederick Douglass stands in front of Holmes Hall at Morgan State. It is the university's most widely recognized architectural landmark.
Jose Marti Monument
Intersection of Broadway and Fayette streets in Fell’s Point
This East Baltimore monument celebrates the life of Cuban national hero José Marti. A poet and writer, Marti was one of the leaders of Cuban independence from Spain.
Leon Day Way
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
The Eutaw Street entrance of Camden Yards was renamed to honor Leon Day, the 12th player from the Negro Leagues to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
McKim Free School Marker (at McKim Community Center)
1120 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
McKim’s roots date back to the early 19th century as the city’s first free school, one of the first in the nation. Today, McKim is a community center with year-round programs for seniors and young people.
Mother Mary Lange Monument
George Street, off of Pennsylvania Avenue
Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange founded the first order of African-American nuns in the history of the Catholic Church. This monument honors a great Baltimorean who served her community by working with children and young people.
Mother Seton House
St. Mary’s Spiritual Center and Historic Site on Paca Street
600 North Paca Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
This historic site is the birthplace of the very first African-American Catholic community and the first African-American Catholic Lay Society of the Holy Family. Mother Mary Lange founded the first community for women of color in the United States, the Oblate Sisters of Providence.
National Katyn Memorial Foundation
President Street at Aliceanna Street
The Katyn Memorial honors the memory of thousands of Polish prisoners who resisted Communist rule in Poland and died at the hands of Stalin’s secret police.
The Pulaski Monument
Polish-born Count Casimir Pulaski lost his life fighting for American independence during the Revolutionary War. Pulaski became known as the “Father of the American Cavalry” after George Washington made him a brigadier general and asked him to organize the Continental Army cavalry.
The Royal Theater Monument
Lafayette and Pennsylvania avenues
During its heyday in the 1920s and '30s, the Royal Theater was home to some of the greatest acts in jazz and blues. The Royal Theater Monument, dedicated in 2004, celebrates the great hall that hosted music legends like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.
Simon Bolivar Monument
Intersection of St. Paul and Charles streets in Guilford
A gift from the Venezuelan government to the city of Baltimore, this monument honors the Venezuelan military leader known as “The Liberator.” Bolivar led revolutions against Spanish rule in several South American countries.
Thurgood Marshall Statue
Corner of Pratt and Sharp streets
As the nation’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Baltimore’s own Thurgood Marshall had a lasting impact on civil rights and human rights for all Americans.
Wall of Pride
Carey and Cumberland streets
Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, Paul Robeson and Langston Hughes are some of the heroes memorialized in this urban mural.
Plan your trip!
- Black Box: Raqs Media Collective February 27, 2013 - June 16, 2013 | All Day
- Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950 January 27, 2013 - August 18, 2013 | All Day
- City Lights Cruise April 20, 2013 - August 31, 2013 | 8:30pm - 9:30pm
- “PORTRAIT OF A CITY: VIEWS OF EARLY BALTIMORE” March 5, 2013 - May 26, 2013 | 11:00am - 4:00pm
- “HERBERT HASELTINE: SCULPTOR OF THE MODERN AGE” March 5, 2013 - May 26, 2013 | 11:00am - 4:00pm