For the day job, I have begun a tour of major U.S. cities beginning with the letter B, or so it seems. Actually, it’s only two cities – Baltimore and Boston..
The entire time I was in Baltimore, the skies were slate grey and it rained almost every day. The city – or what I saw of it – was quite depressed and boarded up. The conference, although interesting, presented new challenges for covering as a reporter. Medical groups, for reasons that escape me, are clamping down on photography and audio recording – which we rely on as supplements to our old-fashioned notetaking. Unaware of the ban on photography, I merrily shot some pictures (okay, not so merrily), and was nearly carted off in handcuffs for it.
So, apart from dinner with a friend, my best time in Baltimore was travelling out to Frederick Douglass High School and shooting reliefs like this one on the building. The reliefs all featured females, which makes me think this used to be a girls school – especially since it’s the latest, in a long string of locations, for Frederick Douglass H.S. In fact, I was looking for one of the earlier incarnations, which I knew had clever little sculptural figures. But I’m not disappointed I wound up at the current school.