(ANNAPOLIS – May 25, 2023) – Why has the NAVY decided to intentionally mark the only access road to one of the last historical predominantly African American(Black) Homesteads on the Broadneck Peninsula a suburb of Annapolis, Mulberry Hill?
For almost a year several concerned Anne Arundel residents and environmentalists have been raising awareness about the potential new golf course to be built on the Greenbury Point Conservation Area.
Those plans are apparently on hold, but what is the meaning of this new street marking placed on Providence Road in the last few weeks?
. Another sign was painted on the access road to Greenbury Point before the marking was placed on Providence Road. That street marking was painted over recently with black paint. Providence Road runs thru the Navy Golf Course, which was once a plantation (a whole other story).
It is also the only access road to the Providence neighborhood which was built at least 100 years after the Mulberry Hill neighborhood was established. As a matter of fact, there is still a white fence that separates the two neighborhoods, which is a symbolic representation of the segregation era of Anne Arundel County. One is a historical Black neighborhood built by enslaved Africans, and the other is a wealthy neighborhood built for predominantly White retired Naval Academy Alumni and Commissioned Naval Officers.
The thoughts of Imminent Domain are circling the community, which would make most people ask, why now? What is so significant about accessibility for both of these neighborhoods? What is the Plan? The community of Mulberry Hill has lost its community character of the last century. Where is the restorative justice?
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