Annapolis, Maryland -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1
Volunteers and staff of Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake work at the Clay Street site in Annapolis, Maryland, where 10 homes will be built during the Carter Work Project.
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Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
100 a day, Tuesday-Saturday
About the build site
The Clay Street neighborhood in Annapolis, Maryland, once was home to jazz and comedy clubs. The clubs featured Pearl Bailey and other African-American legends on the “Chitlin’ Circuit,” during the racial segregation of the late 19th century through the 1960s.
Doctors and lawyers—the black middle class—once lived here, putting down deep roots and raising families.
In its heyday, Clay Street was the site of the principal religious, educational and recreational facilities for the African-American community of Annapolis. The former Mount Moriah A.M.E. Church, built in 1884, is now the Banneker-Douglass Museum, Maryland’s official repository of African-American material culture.
Clay Street sits on College Creek, which leads to the Severn River and then on to the Chesapeake Bay. The historic district of Annapolis, which was more than 100 years old when the American Revolution was fought, is about a mile and a half away from Clay Street. A statue of Alex Haley, the author of the book “Roots,” which became a groundbreaking TV miniseries, stands near where his ancestor Kunta Kinte first landed on a slave ship in 1767.
Public housing projects built in the neighborhood in recent decades reduced homeownership as middle-class families moved to newer communities. Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake has built or renovated 13 homes on Clay Street already, helping to encourage homeownership and support ongoing revitalization.
For the 2010 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, Habitat of the Chesapeake will build homes with 10 families, in partnership with the Housing Authority of Annapolis.