The Annapolis EcoFun Tour
Stop # 1 – The Maryland Firefighters Memorial (5 minutes) – This memorial titled Between
Morning and Night was sculpted by Rodney
Carroll, recognized nationally for his large scale sculptures. The memorial was dedicated on June 11, 2006.
- Louis L. Goldstein Statue – This eight foot bronze
statue by sculptor Jay Hall Carpenter,
elected into the National Sculptor Society before the age of thirty,
memorializes Louis L. Goldstein, a native of Calvert County, Maryland, Marine
Corp veteran, lawyer, legislator, and Comptroller of Maryland from 1959 to
1998, the longest serving public official in the State. The memorial statue was dedicated on April 3,
2002. Louis, as he was affectionately known, always
greeted friend and stranger alike in the same way:
“God bless you all real good.” Over
the years, he became synonymous with his friendly greeting and he even handed
out carnival coins wherever he went with his title on one side and his greeting on the other side. Louis was a true
Maryland character and much beloved.
Stop #2 – Civil Rights and "Community Rising" Mural (10 minutes)
- The March on Washington Foot Soldiers Memorial – This three panel granite monument standing seven feet tall in
Whitmore Park celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights March by 200,000 marchers
in Washington, D.C. The monument
includes the names of 500 Annapolitans who took buses from this corner in 1963,
and heard the Reverend Martin Luther
King speak “I Have A Dream.” The
“foot soldiers” memorial was unveiled on August 28, 2013.
Calvert and Clay Street Mural - Community Rising – Stanton Center students under the direction of artist George Belt, created the mural which
was commissioned by the Art in Public Places Commission in 2008.
Stop # 3 – Stanton Center Mural (10 minutes)
- The Old Fourth Ward – Maryland artists Cynthia Ward Rankin and Diane Monday collaborated in this work
of social history, depicting community life on Clay Street at the end of the 20th
century, commissioned by the Art in Public Places Commission in 2004.
Stop # 4 – Chesapeake Ecology Center (10 minutes)
The all volunteer-run
Chesapeake Ecology Center @ Adams Academy features several Bayscapes gardens, a
Rainscaping demonstration project, the Blacks of the Chesapeake Program, and a unique ecology
center at a county school facility located on lovely College Creek in the midst of a historic African-American community.
Stop # 5 – Navy Stadium Raingardens & Eco-Landscaping Trail (10 minutes) *
One Mile Mark
- Ride around the 1.3-mile
bike/ped trail created through a unique partnership between the Naval Academy
Athletic Association, the City of Annapolis, the Weems Creek Conservancy, Baltimore
Gas Electric, and the TKF Foundation, showcasing multiple raingardens, extensive
native landscaping, the removal of impervious surfaces and creation of athletic
fields, dog litter stations at the Naval Academy Marine Corps Stadium.
Stop # 6 – Poplar Trail & Right Tree/Right Place Pilot Project (10 minutes) * Two Mile Mark
- Hear the story about the first of its kind cooperative tree
planting demonstration project between the City of Annapolis, the Maryland
State Highway Administration, and Baltimore Gas Electric along an old rail line
and active utility corridor that has been converted into the Poplar Trail.
Stop # 7 – Invasive Plants and the Police Station Green Roof (5 minutes) * Three Mile Mark
Stop # 8 – Amos Garrett Street End Park (15 minutes)
Check out the unique transformation of one of Annapolis' many street-end parks by the city and the Spa Creek Conservancy to build a Living Shoreline, Raingardens, the planting of native Bay grasses, and a small boat access to the water.
Scenic Ride Through the City’s Upscale Neighborhoods
Stop # 9 – Acton’s Landing (5 minutes) * Four Mile Mark
Stop # 10 – Alex Hailey-Kunta
Kinte Memorial (10 minutes)
- History Stone – This granite stone in
the Market House Plaza was dedicated on November 22, 1908 as the cornerstone of
an intended fountain to commemorate Maryland’s
1649 Act of Toleration for religious freedom and to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the City Charter. Due to a series of controversies over the
design and funding, the fountain was never completed. The cornerstone was rededicated in 1929, as
the city’s History Stone. In 2002 it was
moved to the Market House Plaza where it sits with the hexagonal water basin
for horses that was to be part of the fountain.
- Compass Rose – Located in the Market
House Plaza is a bronze and granite Compass Rose. Late in life, sculptor Edward Dwight received a Fine Arts Degree from the University of
Denver. A figurative artist, his early
work portrays the history of Jazz. His
studio is in Denver, Colorado.
- City Dock Park at Fawcett Building Mural – This image of a 1960’s-era City
Dock Farmers’ Market by an unknown photographer was commissioned by the Art
in Public Places Commission with the support of the Farmers’ Market, in 2006.
- Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial –
This monument is the only one of its kind that actually documents the name of
an African-American slave Kunta Kinte,
and the place of his arrival in Annapolis in 1767. The memorial was conceived and initiated by Leonard Blackshear, designed by
Annapolitans Peter Tasi and Gary Schwertzler, aided by artist Patricia McHold and writer Wiley Hall III. This bronze statue of a seated Alex Haley,
reading to three small children was sculpted by Edward Dwight, a test pilot for the USAF, and the first African-American
trained as an astronaut. Ten bronze
plaques along Compromise Street and the Harbor offer stories and valuable
insights from the book Roots by Alex Haley. Haley did the research for his monumental novel at the
Hall of Records here in Annapolis.
Stop # 11 – Susan Campbell Park
(5 minutes) – Check out the best view in Annapolis of the lovely harbor filled with lovely watercraft from around world and the rebellious Maritime
Republic of Eastport * Five Mile Mark
Stop # 12 – John Barry Memorial (5 minutes) – For decades, the
Ancient Order of Hibernions in America petitioned the United States Naval Academy to honor a true Irish-American naval
hero of the American Revolution.
Commodore John Barry supervised the building of the first U.S. Navy
ships in 1797, including the frigate United States. The memorial was dedicated in 2015. This
is the only Visitor Entrance into the Naval Academy and requires a photo ID.
Stop # 13 – Maryland State House, General Assembly and Segregation in America (5 minutes)
- Thurgood Marshall Memorial – Dedicated
in 1996 to the first African-American Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court,
Baltimore-born Thurgood Marshall, this bronze statue is the work of
Maryland-based sculptor Antonio Tobias
(Toby) Mendez who is also known for his depictions of the stars of the
Baltimore Orioles baseball team. The
memorial also honors Marshall’s most celebrated legal victory Brown
v Board of Education which desegregated America’s school.
Stop #14 – Return to the Starting Point @ the Calvert Street
The Annapolis Ecoculture Tour is 5.5 miles long and will take about 2 hours.
We meet at the Calvert Street Garage, next to historic St. John’s
College, at 8:45, for our safety orientation and equipment check.
We leave promptly at 9 and
will not wait for stragglers unless they call to alert the tour guide.
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about the tour, please check out: www.annapolisbybike.com
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