The Great Fire of 1904
Thomas Saunders who led African American history tours
Mr. Saunders "started a two-day Black History Month February tour that drew 5,000 people, many of them schoolchildren and senior citizens, who boarded buses to visit a home owned by Frederick Douglass and the Great Blacks in Wax Museum. He owned and operated Renaissance Productions and Tours. 'I am the type of man who can find history out of anything,' Mr. Saunders said in a 1999 Sun article. Mr. Saunders often gave his tours in conjunction with local museums. He had partnerships with the Arch Social Club on Pennsylvania Avenue and was among the founders of Baltimore’s Martin Luther King Jr. parade. He also worked to honor Mother Mary Lange, who founded the Oblate Sisters of Providence in 1829, and singer Billie Holiday." Read more about him in this Baltimore Sun obituary from January 16, 2018.