From Tobacco to Trucks, the History of the Port of Baltimore | WYPR

From Tobacco to Trucks, the History of the Port of Baltimore

Feb 9, 2018

A 1960 aerial view of the Baltimore Inner Harbor from the BMI's BG&E Print and Negative Collection

Jack Burkert, senior educator at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, takes us back to the colonial origin of the Port, moving tobacco and then grain, and to the Port’s alliance with the B&O railroad expanding trade to the west. We hear about the human cargo--slaves, ripped from their families and sold to the South--as well as immigrants who passed through the port, seeking a new life in America.

The event at the Baltimore Museum of Industry - in partnership with the Irish Railroad Workers Museum - is this Saturday from 11 am-12 pm.