Adams, “Little Willie” [6-C]
A bookie turned businessman, local investor and political operator. Lived in Ashburton.
Adams, Victorine [6-D]
A businesswoman and political organizer, Adams was the first black woman elected to the Baltimore City Council.
Alsop, Marin [7-L]
The director of the Baltimore Symphony, Marin is the first woman to lead a major U.S. orchestra.
Alvarez, Rafael [13-X]
Former Baltimore Sun feature writer, Alvarez wrote for “Homicide: Life on the Streets” and “The Wire.” He also contributes to Welcome To Baltimore Hon!
Armisted, Col. George [15-S]
Commander of Fort McHenry’s defense against the British attack of 1814.
Barger, Toot [5-A]
The nation’s #1 duckpin bowler for many years. Lived in Howard Park.
Bascom, Marion [8-G]
Activist pastor for 46 years at Douglas Memorial Community Church.
Berrigan, Philip [6-H]
An excommunicated Catholic priest who was lifelong witness against war, Berrigan was one of the Catonsville 9 that engaged in protests against the Vietnam War and a founder of the Plowshares movement.
Blake, Eubie [10-V]
Ragtime composer, pianist, centenarian.
Blalock, Alfred [9-W]
Surgeon at Johns Hopkins who, based on the ideas of Helen Taussig and techniques developed by Vivien Thomas, performed the first “blue baby” operation and launched the era of open heart surgery.
Blaustein, Jacob [2-A]
A co-founder, with his father, of Amoco. A statesman and donor to many philanthropies.
Bodine, A. Aubrey [15-W]
A “pictorialist” photographer who created classic images of life in Baltimore and Maryland.
Bonaparte; Betsy [6-Q]
A local beauty who was briefly married to Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother. She is buried at Green Mount Cemetery.
Bunting, George [5-J]
A pharmacist who created Noxema and founded the Noxell Corporation, which had its plant in Hamden.
Burns, Clarence “Du” [9-T]
An East Baltimore politician, Burns was City Council president and became the first black mayor in 1986 when William Donald Schaefer was elected governor.
Butler, Gen. Benjamin [14-P]
Occupied Federal Hill early in the Civil War, when cannon were kept aimed at Baltimore City Hall.
Cardin, Ben: Politician [2-D]
U.S. Senator, former U.S. Representative, former Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates.
Carroll, Charles [11-S]
A patriot and patron, Carroll was the sole Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. He also contributed land for the development of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad lines, and later in life was revered as the last surviving Declaration signer.
Carroll, John [11-L]
The first Roman Catholic Archbishop in America, and cousin of Charles Carroll.
Carson, Ben [8-T]
A pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins known for separation of conjoined twins and extremely complex neurosurgery cases.
Carter, Walter P. [10-A]
A charismatic, confrontational civil rights organizer active during the 1960s.
Chestnut, Cyrus [8-D]
A contemporary jazz pianist who started playing church music in West Baltimore at age 6.
Chideyah, Faral: [2-S]
National Public Radio talk show host (WEAA, WYPR), a multimedia writer who is a graduate of Forest Park High School.
Cone, Etta & Claribel [7-J]
Sisters Etta and Claribel Cone were wealthy socialites during the Guilded Era. The sisters were friends with Gertrude Stein, and artists Pablo Picasso Henri Matisse. Together, the Cones built one of the finest collections of modern French art in the U.S – now the flagship Cone Collection at Baltimore Museum of Art.
Cowley, R Adams [10-G]
A pioneering trauma surgeon and researcher who developed the concept of the “golden hour” and founded Shock Trauma, one of the first trauma centers in the U.S., and Maryland’s statewide emergency medical services system.
Cummings, Elijah [11-B]
U.S. Congressman representing Maryland’s 7 District and past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Curran, J. Joseph [2-W]
Former Maryland Attorney General and chieftain of Northeast Baltimore’s venerable Curran clan.
D’Alesandro, Thomas Jr. [17-C]
Mayor of Baltimore 1947-49, father of Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro III and of Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
Day, Leon [9-C]
Standout Negro League pitcher who was belatedly admitted to the Hall of Fame. Lived and played in Baltimore.
Demarco, Vinny [5-W]
A persistent, effective citizen-lobbyist on issues of health care, gun control and tobacco.
Dixon, Sheila [10-P]
The first woman to serve as Mayor of Baltimore, Dixon resigned in January of 2010 as part of a plea agreement to resolve a misdemeanor charge of fraudulent misappropriation.
Dobson, Vernon [8-J]
Pastor of Union Baptist Church for 39 years, co-founder of Baltimore United in Leadership Development (BUILD Baltimore).
Dos Passos, John [9-Q]
A novelist who did much of his later writing (1950s to 1970s) in Baltimore’s libraries.
Douglass, Frederick [13-W]
Brilliant orator, author, publisher and abolitionist leader. Fled from slavery in Fells Point in 1838.
Dubois, W.E.B. [3-T]
Author, editor and organizer; settled his family in Morgan Park while he traveled.
Dutton, Charles “Roc” [2-Q]
The television and film actor is a Baltimore native who studied his craft at Towson State.
Elliott, Cass [4-A]
Mama Cass Elliott, singer in The Mamas & The Papas, was born Naomi Cohen. She graduated from Forest Park High School.
Embry, Robert [11-P]
A city development visionary and facilitator, now president of the Abell Foundation.
Ennis, Ethel [6-E]
Jazz singer and former club owner; lived in the Greater Mondawmin area.
Epstein, Daniel Mark [4-J]
Honored poet; biographer of Lincoln, Nat King Cole, Aimee McPherson and others.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott and Zelda [1-L,M]
Novelist and his unstable muse, the Fitzgeralds lived in Baltimore at various times in several locations, including “La Paix,” since vanished, in Towson. Zelda was hospitalized at Sheppard Pratt.
Fleischer, Leon [9-N]
Renowned classical pianist and influential teacher at Peabody Institute.
Fuqua, Jonathon Scott [5-W]
Prolific author of young-adult novels. A Renaissance guy and Mayfield resident.
Gaddy, Bea [10-X]
Having known homelessness and hunger, Gaddy founded a soup kitchen and shelter, and was an active community organizer and voice for the disenfranchised.
Garrett, John Work [15-E]
A ruthless, union-busting, empire-building President of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (1858-1884).
Garrett, Mary Elizabeth [9-T]
Daughter of John Work Garrett, Mary Elizabeth was a feminist and philanthropist who endowed the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Garrison, William Lloyd [10-N]
An abolitionist editor, jailed for “libelous” attacks on a Baltimore slave dealer.
Geppi, Steve [12-K]
A Little Italy native and avid comic book collector since childhood, Geppi founded the largest comic book distributor in the U.S. He is owner and publisher of Baltimore magazine and owner of the Geppi Entertainment Museum.
Gilchrist, Lafayette [10-D]
Contemporary jazz pianist and composer, a DC transplant who resides mid-town.
Glass, Philip [7-M]
A Baltimore native who is the youngest graduate ever at Peabody Institute, Glass is a noted contemporary composer.
Glover, Ruby [6-G]
Jazz singer and founder of the Billie Holiday vocal competition.
Hagy, “Wild Bill” [14-Y]
Beer-loving cheerleader from Dundalk whose poses spelled out “ORIOLES.”
Hamilton, Edith [2-J]
Popularizer of Greek Myth, Hamilton was headmistress of Bryn Mawr school for 26 years.
Hammett, Dashiell [11-G]
Pinkerton detective turned author of such hardboiled classics as The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man. Hammett began his career here, living in Southwest Baltimore.
Hartigan, Grace [12-V]
A painter from the New York City 50s scene, transplanted to Baltimore in the 1960s. Taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art and had a studio in Fells Point.
Hempel, Marc [2-Y]
A prolific cartoonist (Naked Brain, Gregory, Tug & Buster) and MAD magazine contributor.
Heyn, Herman [12-N]
The “Have a Look!” streetcorner astronomer who shares his telescope with waterfront visitors.
Holiday, Billie [7-F]
Known as “Lady Day,” the tragic jazz chanteuse left East Baltimore for New York City while in her teens.
Hopkins, Johns [6-U]
A merchant who amassed great wealth through whiskey and trade, Hopkins endowed his namesake university and hospital.
Jackson, Lillie Carroll [7-N]
The mother of the 20th Century civil rights movement, and of Juanita Jackson Mitchell.
Jacobson, Josephine [1-R]
Acclaimed poet who taught at Goucher College.
Key, Francis Scott [16-V]
An attorney negotiating the release of prisoners during the British invasion of 1814, Key penned “The Star-Spangled Banner” after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry.
Lacy, Sam [9-H]
Sports writer for the Afro-American, an advocate and strategist for racial equality.
Lange, Mary Elizabeth [7-R]
Haitian-born founder of the Oblate Sisters and the St. Francis Academy, formed in 1838 and thriving to this day.
Larkins, Ellis [7-D]
Noted jazz pianist, the first African-American graduate of Peabody Institute.
Lasek, Bucky [17-X]
Skateboard champion and X-games medalist grew up in Dundalk.
Latrobe, Benjamin [16-A]
Architect of the U.S. Capitol and the Basilica of the Assumption; founder of a dynasty.
Latrobe, Benjamin Jr [16-B]
Construction engineer for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. His “folly,” the Thomas Viaduct, is still carrying trains today.
Latrobe, Ferdinand [16-C]
Served seven terms as mayor in the 19th Century.
Leake, Eugene [1-W]
Master painter of rural northern Maryland and former president of Maryland Institute College of Art.
Levinson, Barry [5-B]
Writer and director who made a series of movies inspired by growing up in Baltimore, including Diner, Tin Men, and Avalon. Levinson grew up in Liberty Heights.
Levy, Hank [1-N]
Native-born Levy is a jazz composer and arranger, and a saxophone player. He is an influential music professor at Towson University.
Lewis, Ray [13-J]
Indispensible Ravens linebacker, twice named the NFA Defensive Player of the Year.
Lewis, Reginald [11-Q]
Multimillionaire businessman grew up in East Baltimore and funded the city’s black history museum.
Marshall, Thurgood [17-E]
A Baltimore native, Marshall was a civil rights attorney and the first African-American named to the Supreme Court.
McGraw, John [11-X]
Pugnacious Orioles player and manager, circa 1900. See Wilbert Robinson.
McGuirk, Harry [14-M]
Known as “Soft Shoes,” McGuirk was the city’s last political boss. He was a legislator from the Stonewall Democratic Club.
McKay, Jim [1-T]
Sportscaster, host of ABC’s “Wide World of Sports.” McKay, born Jim McManus, was the first person on television in Baltimore.
McKeldin, Theodore [16-C]
Mayor, Governor, Mayor again; progressive Republican who fought for civil rights.
McMillan, Enolia [8-E]
Served as president of both local and national NAACP in the 1970s and 80s. Lived to 102.
Meyerhoff, Joseph [2-C]
Russian-born developer who gave millions to the symphony orchestra and charities.
Meyers, Isaac [13-S]
Shipbuilding entrepreneur and black trade unionist in Fells Point circa 1880s.
Miles, Reverend Douglas [5-X]
Bishop, Koinonia Baptist; leader in Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development and Ministerial Alliance.
Mfume, Kweisi [11-B]
West Baltimore native is a former Congressman (7th District) and past president of the national NAACP.
Middleman, Raoul [16-Q]
Prolific, audacious painter of cityscapes and all else, and an influential Maryland Institute College of Art teacher.
Mikulski, Barbara [18-D]
U.S. Senator. Trained as a social worker, Mikulski began her political career as a community activist organizing to save Fells Point.
Miller, Tom [6-T]
The Baltimore native is a painter, muralist and autobiographer (Can a Coal Scuttle Fly?).
Mitchell, Clarence Jr. [17-G]
National lobbyist for NAACP for more than 30 years during the civil rights era. A westside native, Mitchell was married to Juanita Jackson Mitchell.
Mitchell, Juanita J. [17-H]
The first African-American women admitted to practice law in Maryland, Mitchell was a groundbreaking civil rights lawyer who led nonviolent street protests in the early 1930s.
Moore, Ralph [7-S]
Community organizer and anti-poverty advocate, now at St. Frances Community Center.
Murphy, Carl [15-H]
Crusading Afro-American editor; advocate and strategist for racial equality.
Murphy, John [15-G]
Born in slavery, Murphy was the scion of a family dynasty and founder of the Afro-American.
Murphy, Madeline [14-H]
Daughter-in-law of Carl Murphy, she was an Afro-American columnist and civil rights activist.
Nash, Ogden [4-K]
A humorist-poet who liked New York City but “loved Balti-more”; lived near Loyola.
Nathans, Daniel [8-X]
Nobel Prize winner for work that paved the way for genetic medicine.
Navarro, Beltran [10-S]
A native of Venezuela, Navarro is an advocate and organizer for Baltimore’s Hispanic community.
O’Hair, Madalyn Murray [3-R]
A Northwood resident and outspoken atheist whose legal challenge ended prayer in public schools.
Olmsted Brothers [4-P]
The two sons of pioneering landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted – John Charles and Frederick Law, Jr. – ran an influential landscape design firm that left its mark on many Baltimore communities; Roland Park, Homeland, Guilford and Ellicott Drive, now part of the Gwynns Falls Trail.
O’Malley, Martin [3-W]
The Governor of Maryland, O’Malley was mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007. A former resident of Northeast Baltimore, O’Malley is also an Irish balladeer who plays guitar in a band.
Parks, Henry [5-D]
Pioneering African-American businessman and civic leader, founder of the Park Sausage Company.
Peabody, George [8-N]
A Massachusetts-born merchant who lived in Baltimore and made a fortune during the period 1815-136. Endowed the Peabody Institute.
Pelosi, Nancy [18-C]
A native of Little Italy, she is the daughter of Tommy D’Alesandro and presently the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Peterman, Harry [16-N]
A physician who founded a community clinic that grew into South Baltimore General Hospital, now Harbor Hospital Center.
Phelps, Michael [2-F]
The “Human Dolphin” has won 14 career gold medals in Olympic swimming.
Pollack, Jack [4-B]
A former boxer and major local bootlegger was a Westside political boss for 40 years.
Ponselle, Rosa [1-D]
Prima diva of 20th Century opera; taught here and retired to Green Spring Valley.
Pope, Irona [10-U]
A lifelong advocate for families living in east-side housing projects.
Post, Emily [8-N]
Author of manners classic Etiquette; grew up on Chase Street near the Belvedere.
Pratt, Enoch [9-J]
A wealthy merchant who endowed the city’s libraries. Pratt’s home is now the Maryland Historical Society.
Quarles, Benjamin [4-T]
A Morgan State professor who was a pioneer of African-American history scholarship.
Rawlings, Howard “Pete” [1-D]
An educator/legislator who chaired the powerful House of Delegates Appropriations Committee.
Ripken, Cal Jr. [11-J]
The “Iron Man,” Ripken is a Hall of Fame shortstop who played in a record-setting 2,632 consecutive games.
Robinson, Brooks [5-P]
Beloved Oriole slugger and Hall of Famer who played third-base player; served a record 23 years with the team.
Robinson, Frank [5-Q]
Oriole outfielder and manager. The only person to hit a home run that cleared Memorial Stadium.
Robinson, Wilbert [12-K]
Orioles catcher reputed as co-creator, with McGraw, of duckpin bowling.
Rodricks, Dan [6-Y]
Roving Sun columnist, social advocate, radio and TV personality, and major Baltimorphile.
Rouse, James [12-M]
Visionary developer who built shopping malls, Cross keys, Columbia, Harborplace and similar developments across the country.
Ruiz, Jose [10-U]
Advocate for the Hispanic community, a lover and promoter of Latin music and culture.
Ruth, Babe [12-H]
“The Bambino,” Ruth was born and raised in Southwest Baltimore. He played just one season with the Orioles.
Sandler, Gilbert [4-E]
Journalist, local history author, and storyteller who grew up in the Park Circle area.
Sarbanes, Paul [18-F]
Progressive, brainy five-term U.S Senator (1977-2007) and North Baltimore resident.
Seton, Elizabeth [9-H]
The first American-born Catholic saint. She founded a school in what is now Seton Hill.
Schaefer, William Donald [17-D]
Former Maryland Governor (1987-1995) and Baltimore “renaissance” Mayor (1971-1987).
Simon, David [11-D]
Former Sunpapers journalist, author (Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, The Corner) and groundbreaking television writer and producer (Homicide: Life on the Streets, The Wire). Presently working on a drama set in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Sommer, Alfred [8-V]
Ophthamologist whose Vitamin A campaigns saved millions from blindness.
Warfield, Wallis [7-P]
A twice-divorced Baltimore socialite whose scandaloous romance with King Edward VII led to his abdication.
Watkins, Levi [8-X]
Pioneering African-American heart surgeon at Johns Hopkins Medical Center; implanter of defibrillators.
Webb, Chick [9-D]
Swing-era drummer and band leader; grew up in Sandtown.
Welcome, Verda [3-B]
First African-American woman elected to the Maryland State Senate (1962-1982).
Wickham, DeWayne [15-J]
USA Today journalist and memorist (Wooodholme); raised in Cherry Hill.
Wickwire, Chester [2-N]
A Johns Hopkins University chaplain who was an organizer, mentor, peace activist, risk-taker and poet.
Williams, Montel [15-L]
National television talk show host, grew up in Cherry Hill.
Winans, Ross [8-B]
Designer and builder of early locomotives for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Built the Crimea estate in Leakin Park.
Winfrey, Oprah [4-F]
Long before becoming a media powerhouse and one of the wealthiest women in the country, for eight years Winfrey was co-host of WJZ-TV’s “People Are Talking.”
Wolman, Abel [5-T]
Johns Hopkins engineer who perfected water chlorination and designed water systems worldwide.
Yardley, R. “Moco” [3-K]
Long-time puckish Sun cartoonist and bon vivant. Lived in Alonsoville (Keswick.
Text by Tom Chalkley and Bruce Goldfarb.