Bare Hills, Cross Keys, and Hoes Heights

September 30, 2023 – June 2, 2024

Homewood Museum, Housekeeper’s Room

On view Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Plan Your Visit

Homewood’s new exhibition explores the history of three Black settlements in North Baltimore: Bare Hills, Cross Keys, and Hoes Heights. Drawing on historic maps, photographs, and oral histories of community members, the installation reflects upon the founders of these settlements and their descendants who faced and withstood the racial forces at play in the nation.

1878 map of the 9th district of Baltimore County
“Ninth District of Baltimore County,” Atlas of Fifteen Miles Around Baltimore Including Anne Arundel Maryland. Published by G.M. Hopkins, Philadelphia. 1878. Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries.

Related Programming

(Re)Valuing Black Baltimore Exhibition Opening & Talk with Christine Iko

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Homewood Museum

Celebrate the opening of (Re)Valuing Black Baltimore at Homewood! The evening will begin with a special talk by Christine Iko, a librarian in the African American Department at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, who specializes in African American history and genealogy. Afterwards, tour the exhibit, speak with the curator, and enjoy light refreshments. FREE.

About the Speaker

A native of Prince George’s County, Maryland, Christine Iko is a graduate of Temple University, where she double majored in English and African American Studies. She then earned a Master of Library Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been with Enoch Pratt Free Library system for 10 years, where she specializes in African American history and genealogy.

Portrait photo of Christine Iko
Courtesy of Christine Iko/The Enoch Pratt Free Library


This exhibit is made possible through the support of JHU’s Inheritance Baltimore, funded by the Andrew M. Mellon Just Futures Initiative. Inheritance Baltimore is a reparations program for humanities education and arts-based public engagement in Black Baltimore.