School House Garden on Merryman Lane

Support sought to complete historic garden by Waverly Farmers Market

Dear Neighbors, 


A partnership among Waverly Main Street, Civic Works and the CAN

artists' Collective is transforming the vacant lot at Merryman Lane

and Brentwood Avenue into the School House Garden.  


Conceived to highlight the place of Merryman Lane in the history of

Waverly, and to pay homage to generations of African Americans who

attended segregated Public School 115 - on the lot which now

accommodates the Waverly Farmers Market - the garden will beautifully

enhance the passage between the market and the Greenmount Avenue

commercial corridor. 


For the Waverly Library and nearby schools the garden's historical

theme offers rich possibilities.    


More than 100 volunteers have put in 300 hours removing 25 tons of

rubble to prepare the space. The next stage of designing the garden

space and installing art and other features is underway.


Approximately $30,000 is needed for landscaping and artwork. Grants

from the Parks and People Foundation have provided seed money.  Waverly

Main Street is also receiving $20,000 in State Community Legacy Funds. 


Individuals are now offered an opportunity to personally help raise the

remaining balance. 


Current and former residents of the historic African American blocks

whose family members attended Public School 115 have begun collecting

donations for the project.  


To help in this effort of remembering the past, enhancing the present

and speaking to the future, please consider a tax-deductible donation to

the School House Garden.  


Make checks payable to Waverly Main Street, Inc. (a 501 (c) (3)

organization) and mail them to: 


Waverly Main Street

3124 Greenmount Avenue

Baltimore MD 21218. 


Please note "School House Garden" on the memo portion of the




Jo Ann Robinson

Professor of History Emerita

Morgan State University

(Abell Community resident)


Patricia Welch

Dean, School of Education and Urban Affairs

Morgan State University            

(School 115 alumna)


Joe Stewart

Waverly Main Street History Chair

(Waverly Village resident)


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paul scott November 06, 2012 at 12:14 AM
do u need anymore volunteers to help with planting the garden
Joe Stewart November 06, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Volunteer opportunities are being coordinated by Ed Miller of Civic Works: 410-382-6127. Thanks for asking. Also, everyone is urged to pick up trash along the space which often gets blown onto the lot from all four directions.


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