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Old 05-21-2011, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Cheswolde
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When elite African-American homeowners first began moving to Windsor Hills, Forest Park and Ashburton in the mid-1950s, their aspiration was to live the American dream. The first organization they created was For-Win-Ash Garden Club which, happily, is still going on after all these years even though the ranks of old-timers are thinning out.
I am delighted to report this rare opportunity: The garden club will sponsor a garden walk in Ashburton Saturday, June 11. The walk is from 10 to 2 p.m., with a reception to follow ("light refreshments served," says the leaflet). Tickets are $10; free parking plentiful.
Here are the contacts:
Peggy Stabnow 410-602-4205; wstabnow@shortweb.com
Barbara Holt, 410-551-2002; blholt@mindspring.com
Antero Pietila's Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City devotes a full chapter to racial change in Ashburton.
Ashburton, which is located off Liberty Heights Avenue, was built in the 1920s. Until 1931, covenants prohibited occupancy by Jews. After that restriction lapsed, most Christians moved out. In the mid-1950s, Ashburton became the first upscale neighborhood of single-family homes -- including several mansions -- to experience racial change. After the first blacks arrived, real estate steered white homebuyers elsewhere. Despite efforts to maintain a multi-racial neighborhood, Ashburton went from all-white to nearly all-black in a decade.

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