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From Stable to Street: Baltimore Arabbing

Arabbing has deep roots in Baltimore, particularly within the African-American community. It became widely popular after the Civil War, as the brightly decorated horses and carts moved produce from ports and warehouses into the city’s neighborhoods. As industry grew, African–Americans were initially excluded from many factory jobs, but not from arabbing.

Today, Baltimore is the only city left in the country that still has working arabbers. But the number of arabbers on the city streets has dwindled to just a few, and they are in danger of extinction.

Our tour starts at a stable in west Baltimore - one of three left in the city - that is known for its beautiful carriages. It’s an historic building, and it’s also the only functional building on its block, which is otherwise devastated. We’ll have exclusive access to photograph the stable, horses, and carriages, and we’ll meet the owner and her family, and talk with her about her long involvement with arabbing.

We’ll then photograph the arabber as she makes her rounds, with horse and a fully-loaded wagon, on the streets of west Baltimore. We’ll be on foot, as she’ll go several blocks before turning the wagon over to another arabber, who will take it for the rest of the day. This is unusual, as you will not see another female arabber on the streets of Baltimore. She is doing this especially for us.

This is a unique opportunity to photograph not only the stable, but a working arabber on the street. The tour is limited to six people. Cost is $95. The tour runs from 10:00am to about 12:30pm.

You’re registered when you’ve paid: https://www.paypal.me/RSullivan2038

And when you’re registered, I’ll send you a “liability waiver” form to fill out, as well as the location where we’ll meet. No refunds unless we cancel (though you can transfer your spot to someone else).

Please note that a portion of the proceeds goes to the stable.

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