Known colloquially as Baltimore’s “African-American Inner Harbor” or the “other waterfront,” a mile-long section of the Patapsco River's southern bank located in Cherry Hill, was once one of few places Blacks could safely and peacefully fish in Baltimore.
Cherry Hill, a community developed for African-Americans returning from war during the height of Jim Crow segregation, eventually became the most densely populated public housing community east of the Mississippi and is widely considered one of Baltimore’s most dangerous neighborhoods.
Today, the area pulses with regulars. Few recall the area’s complicated past. Most come for sport, and stay for the escape.