Witness Trees

Turner Station

Witness Trees

In partnership with Turner Station Conservation Teams, Lyon Homes, and Union Baptist Church, The Turner Station Witness Trees project aims to plant hundreds of “Witness Trees” in the community. These trees will improve the environment and celebrate Turner Station’s community stories.

PROJECT GOALS

Preserve Turner Station’s
Rich Cultural History

Celebrate Community
Resiliency

Enhance Climate Adaption,
Environmental + Public Health

Project Timeline

JULY

July 20th

WORKSHOP 01

Community kickoff and visioning

AUGUST

August 17th, 6-8 pm

WORKSHOP 02

Collect community stories and provide feedback on preliminary site
and interpretive design

SEPTEMBER

September 14th, 6-8pm

WORKSHOP 03

Review final Phase 01 site and interpretive design

NOVEMBER

November 18th

COMMUNITY DEDICATION CEREMONY

Celebration of Phase 01 trees and art/signage installation

Turner Station

Story

Growing
Turner Station’s
Community

The steel mills and factories brought on by World Wars I and II attracted many workers to east Baltimore. Racist regulations excluded African American workers from factory housing and as a result many residents in the area grew Turner Station into one of the largest African American communities in Baltimore County.

Environmental Injustice

The steel Turner Station became surrounded by industrial sites and landfills that polluted the air and water. The intentional placement of these sites was no accident, but a symptom of deeply embedded racism. Consequences of many environmental injustices are still endured by the Turner Station community of today.mills and factories brought on by World Wars I and II attracted many workers to east Baltimore. Racist regulations excluded African American workers from factory housing and as a result many residents in the area grew Turner Station into one of the largest African American communities in Baltimore County.

Turner Station,
an Unfolding Legacy

Many prominent folks called Turner Station home, including Henrietta Lacks, Chick Webb, and Kweisi Mfume. The legacies of the many trailblazers in the Turner Station community continues to inspire new generations of dreamers, mold-breakers, and social and environmental leaders.

Watch and listen to Turner Station residents tell their stories about Family & Community, Nature & Sustainability, Faith & Culture, and Legacy & Resilience in the video interviews.

Turner Station is home to a diverse array of churches and other religious congregations that are significant to the culture and community. Music of all kinds, including spiritual, has historically been a common thread that has brought Turner Station residents together.

You can tell us about your memories, experiences, and stories your of life in Turner Station by sending us a recording. See instructions below. 

Click “Record My Story” Below. It will open a new browser tab with the voice recorder. Click the red “Start Recording” button. Your internet browser may ask permission to use you microphone. Make sure to click “Allow.”

You will have 5 minutes to talk. If you need more time when the clock runs out, just continue through the steps to submit your recording and start a new one. Make sure to send both under the same name.

Once you are done talking, click the “stop” button. You can play back your recording to hear what it sounds like. If you hear some things you want to change and would like to record your story again, click the “reset” button. This will delete your current recording and allow you to start over.

Once you are satisfied with your recording, fill out your name and email (optional). If you don’t want to use your name, you can type “Anonymous”

Click the send button and we will be able to listen to your story.

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