Pictured on this cartoon map is my personal "collection" of prominent, famous, indispensable and highly interesting Baltimoreans, living and dead -- natives who've made their presence felt citywide and beyond; plus important adoptive Baltimoreans and some notables who passed through -- some repeatedly -- and left tracks. There's a handful of sheer characters and my own local heroes.

There are 175 faces in the poster and I don't know how many caricatured buildings. These few stand in for many others; I have left out roughly a dozen of my own favorite Baltimoreans, and I have surely left out some of yours. Feel free to email me -- (tom chalkley, no spaces) @ gmail.com -- with suggestions for a hypothetical future map -- and all other cartoon map-related business.

INDEX of CARICATURES

This index is divided into categories, within which the listing is alphabetical by last name. Map coordinates are given for each caricature. Persons living as of December, 2008, are listed in bold face. For further bios, see the Pratt Library or the internet!

FINE ARTS, VISUAL ARTS, FILM, DESIGN

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  • 15-W
  • Bodine, A. Aubrey
  • - "Pictorialist" photographer who created classic images Baltimore and Maryland
  • 7-J
  • Cone, Etta & Claribel
  • - Donated BMA's flagship Cone Collection of early modern art; lived on Eutaw St.
  • 5-L
  • Goldman, Duff
  • - Star of TV's "Ace of Cakes" treats desserts as funky sculpture; based in Remington
  • 12-V
  • Hartigan, Grace
  • - Painter from NYC '50s scene, to Baltimore in '60s; MICA teacher ; Fells Pt. studio
  • 2-Y
  • Hempel, Marc
  • - Prolific cartoonist (Naked Brain, Gregory, Tug & Buster), MAD mag. contributor
  • 16-A
  • Latrobe, Benjamin
  • - Architect of US Capitol & Baltimore's Catholic Basilica; founder of dynasty
  • 1-W
  • Leake, Eugene
  • - Master painter of rural northern Maryland; former MICA president; mentor
  • 5-B
  • Levinson, Barry
  • - Filmic bard of Baltimore (Diner, Tin Men, Avalon) grew up in Liberty Heights
  • 16-Q
  • Middleman, Raoul
  • - Prolific, audacious painter of cityscape & all else ; influential MICA teacher
  • 6-T
  • Miller, Tom
  • - Baltimore native painter, muralist, autobiographer (Can a Coal Scuttle Fly?)
  • 4-P
  • Olmsted Brothers
  • - Landscape & community designers (Roland Park, Homeland, Guilford, etc.)
  • 6-P
  • Schuler, Hans
  • - Sculptor (Pulaski, Sydney Lanier), founded Schuler School; former MICA pres.
  • 6-G
  • Scott, Joyce
  • - Sculptor, singer, humorist, godmother of funky Balt. art scene, W. Baltmore native
  • 14-C
  • Shore,Tony
  • - Master of black velvet painting, mentor to many; son of Morrell Park; funny man
  • 1-J
  • Waters, John
  • - Filmmaker, Lutherville native, bon vivant and wag. Entourage not shown.
  • 3-K
  • Yardley, R. "Moco"
  • - Long-time, puckish Sun cartoonist, bon vivant, lived in "Alonsoville" (Keswick)
MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

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  • 7-L
  • Alsop, Marin
  • - Director of Baltimore Symphony; first woman to lead a major US orchestra
  • 10-V
  • Blake, Eubie
  • - Ragtime composer, pianist, centenarian, grew up playing on E. Side (Rutland St.)
  • 14-A
  • Byrne, David
  • - Talking Heads founder, songwriter, etc., etc., grew up in Arbutus and Lansdowne
  • 8-F
  • Calloway, Cab
  • - "The Hi-De-Ho Man," dapper jazz singer and showman; West Baltimore native
  • 8-D
  • Chestnut, Cyrus
  • - Contemporary jazz pianist, started playing church music in West Balt. at age 6
  • 2-Q
  • Dutton, Chas. "Roc"
  • - Film and TV actor, Baltimore native, studied his craft at Towson State
  • 11-U
  • Eck, Johnny
  • - Circus & film performer (Freaks); SE Baltimore window screen painter; born here
  • 4-A
  • Elliot,"Mama Cass"
  • - Born Ellen Naomi Cohen; singer (The Mamas & The Papas); Forest Park HS grad
  • 6-E
  • Ennis, Ethel
  • - Jazz singer; former club owner; lives in Greater Mondawmin area
  • 9-N
  • Fleischer, Leon
  • - Renowned classical pianist; influential teacher at Peabody Institute
  • 10-D
  • Gilchrist, Lafayette
  • - Contemporary jazz pianist and composer; mid-town resident, D.C. transplant
  • 7-M
  • Glass, Philip
  • - Contemporary composer, city native; youngest graduate ever at Peabody Institute
  • 6-G
  • Glover, Ruby
  • - Jazz singer to the end; founder of Billie Holiday vocal competition
  • 7-F
  • Holiday, Billie
  • - "Lady Day," tragic jazz chanteuse; left E. Baltimore for NYC while in her teens
  • 7-D
  • Larkins, Ellis
  • - Noted jazz pianist, first African American graduate of Peabody Institute
  • 1-N
  • Levy, Hank
  • - Jazz composer, arranger, saxophonist; influential Towson music prof.; Balt. born
  • 1-D
  • Ponselle, Rosa
  • - Prima diva of 20th century opera; taught here, retired to Green Spring Valley
  • 8-K
  • Shakur, Tupac
  • - Hip hop recording artist; attended Baltimore High School for the Arts
  • 13-L
  • Sisqo
  • - Hip hop artist; he & former group Dru Hill started at Inner Harbor Fudgery shop
  • 8-L
  • Smith, Jada Pinkett
  • - Movie actress; graduate of Baltimore High School for the Arts; from Severn, MD
  • 2-T
  • Staton, "Big Jim"
  • - WEAA jazz/blues DJ; jazz impresario at Arch Social Club; Western wear wearer
  • 9-D
  • Webb, Chick
  • - Swing-era drummer and band leader; grew up in Sandtown
WRITERS, JOURNALISTS, EDITORS, "MEDIA TYPES"

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  • 13-X
  • Alvarez, Raphael
  • - Native bard of SE Baltimore, journalist, author, "Wire" writer
  • 5-M
  • Baker, Russell
  • - Journalist, humorist, memoirist; came of age in Baltimore, attended "City" & JHU
  • 2-S
  • Chideyah, Farai
  • - NPR talkshow host (WEAA, WYPR), multimedia writer, grad. of Forest Park HS
  • 9-Q
  • Dos Passos, John
  • - Novelist; did much of his later writing (1950s - 1970) in Baltimore's libraries
  • 4-J
  • Epstein, Daniel Mark
  • - Honored poet; biographer of Lincoln, Nat King Cole, Aimee McPherson, et al.
  • 1-L,M
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott & Zelda
  • - Novelist and his unstable muse; lived in Baltimore at various times and several locations, including "La Paix," now vanished, in Towson
  • 5-W
  • Fuqua, Jonathon Scott
  • - Prolific author of young-adult novels; Renaissance guy, Mayfield resident
  • 2-J
  • Hamilton, Edith
  • - Popularizer of Greek Myth; For 26 years, headmistress of Bryn Mawr school
  • 11-G
  • Hammett, Dashiell
  • - Pinkerton detective turned author; lived in SW Balt.; started his career here
  • 1-R
  • Jacobsen, Josephine
  • - Acclaimed poet; taught at Goucher College
  • 16-V
  • Key, Francis Scott
  • - Lawyer, wrote lyric to "Star Spangled Banner" in 1814 after Battle of Baltimore
  • 9-H
  • Lacy, Sam
  • - Sports writer for Afro-American; crusaded for integration of sports leagues
  • 6-A
  • Lippman, Laura
  • - Journalist-turned-Balt.-based mystery novelist; grew up in Dickeyville
  • 11-E
  • Mencken, H.L.
  • - "Sage of Baltimore," journalist, pundit, linguist, crank; lived on Union Square
  • 15-H
  • Murphy, Carl
  • - Crusading Afro-American editor; advocate & strategist for racial equality
  • 15-G
  • Murphy, John
  • - Founder of Afro-American & of local dynasty; born in slavery; lived in Cherry Hill
  • 14-H
  • Murphy, Madeline
  • - Afro-American columnist and civil rights activist; daughter-in-law of Carl M.
  • 4-K
  • Nash, Ogden
  • - Humorist-poet, liked New York but "loved Balti-more"; lived near Loyola
  • 10-E
  • Poe, Edgar A.
  • - Poet & short-story innovator; wrote "The Raven"while living on Amity St.
  • 8-N
  • Post, Emily
  • - Author of manners classic Etiquette grew up on Chase St. near The Belvedere
  • 6-Y
  • Rodricks, Dan
  • - Roving Sun columnist, social advocate, radio and TV host; major Balto-phile
  • 4-T
  • Quarles, Benjamin
  • - Pioneer of African-American history scholarship; Morgan State professor
  • 4-E
  • Sandler, Gilbert
  • - Journalist, local-history author, storyteller; grew up in Park Circle area
  • 2-D
  • Schlitz, Laura Amy
  • - Author of Good Masters, Sweet Ladies, 2008 Newberry Award winner; librarian
  • 11-K
  • Shapiro, Karl
  • - Mid-20th-century everyman -poet; Baltimore boy; worked at main Pratt library.
  • 11-D
  • Simon, David
  • - Journalist, author (The Corner, etc.), TV writer-producer ("The Wire")
  • 8-P
  • Stein, Gertrude
  • - Eccentric writer, in youth lived around Mt. Vernon while failing JHU med school
  • 1-C
  • Steiner, Marc
  • - Talk-show host & civic conscience, heard over WEAA; displaced Baltimorean
  • 2-N
  • Tyler, Anne
  • - Author of affecting, prize-winning novels, many set in Baltimore
  • 15-J
  • Wickham, DeWayne
  • - USA Today journalist and memoirist (Woodholme); raised in Cherry Hill
  • 15-L
  • Williams, Montel
  • - National TV talk-show host; grew up in Cherry Hill
  • 4-F
  • Winfrey, Oprah
  • - Before mega-fame, she was a local celeb, 8 years on WJZ's "People Are Talking"
LAWMAKERS AND KINGMAKERS

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  • 6-C
  • Adams, "Little Willie"
  • - Bookie turned businessman, local investor, political operator; lived in Ashburton
  • 6-D
  • Adams, Victorine
  • - First black woman elected to city council; political organizer; wife of W.Adams
  • 9-T
  • Burns, Clarence "Du"
  • - E. Baltimore politician; city council president; became first black mayor (1986)
  • 2-D
  • Cardin, Ben
  • - US Senator, former Congressman, former Speaker of MD House of Delegates
  • 11-S
  • Carroll, Charles
  • - Patriot and patron, sole Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • 11-B
  • Cummings, Elijah
  • - Congressman (7th Dist. MD); past chair, Congressional Black Caucus
  • 2-V
  • Curran, J. Joseph
  • - Former MD Attorney General, chieftain of NE Baltimore's ancient Curran clan
  • 17-C
  • D'Alesandro, Thos. Jr.
  • - Mayor of Baltimore, 1947-'59; father of Mayor Thomas D. III and of Nancy Pelosi
  • 10-P
  • Dixon, Sheila
  • - Current Mayor of Baltimore, first woman to hold the position.
  • 16-C
  • Latrobe, Ferdinand
  • - Served seven terms as Mayor of Baltimore in late 19th century
  • 17-E
  • Marshall, Thurgood
  • - Justice of US Supreme Court; civil rights warrior; W. Baltimore native
  • 14-M
  • McGuirk, Harry
  • - AKA "Soft Shoes" legislator from Stonewall Dem. Club; city's last political boss
  • 16-C
  • McKeldin, Theodore
  • - Mayor, Governor, Mayor again; progressive Republican, fought for civil rights
  • 11-B
  • Mfume, Kweisi
  • - Former Congressman (7th Dist.), past Pres. of National NAACP; W. Baltimorean
  • 18-D
  • Mikulski, Barbara
  • - US Senator, began as SE Baltimore community activist & worked her way up
  • 18-G
  • Mitchell, Parren
  • - First black representative from MD (7th Dist.), brother of Clarence Mitchell, Jr.
  • 3-W
  • O'Malley, Martin
  • - Current Governor of MD; Baltimore Mayor, 1999-'07; Irish balladeer; lived in NE
  • 18-C
  • Pelosi, Nancy
  • - Speaker of US House of Representatives; née D'Alesandro, native of Little Italy
  • 4-B
  • Pollack, Jack
  • - Westside political boss for 40 years; former boxer & major local bootlegger
  • 10-D
  • Rawlings, Howard "Pete"
  • - Educator /legislator; chaired powerful House of Dels. Appropriations Ctee.
  • 18-F
  • Sarbanes, Paul
  • - Five-terms brainy, progressive US Senator, 1977-2007; North Baltimore resident
  • 17-D
  • Schaefer, Wm. Donald
  • - Former MD Governor (1987-1995), Baltimore "renaissance" Mayor (1971-1987)
  • 5-C
  • Schmoke, Kurt
  • - Mayor of Baltimore, 1987-'99; Dean of Howard U. Law School; lives in Ashburton
  • 3-B
  • Welcome, Verda
  • - First black woman elected to MD State Senate (1962-1982)
ACTIVISTS, SPIRITUAL & SECULAR

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  • 8-G
  • Bascom, Marion
  • - Activist Pastor for 46 years at Douglas Memorial Community Church
  • 6-H
  • Berrigan, Philip
  • - Lifelong witness against war, leader among "Catonsville 9"& Plowshares activists
  • 11-L
  • Carroll, John
  • - First Roman Catholic Archbishop in America, cousin of Charles Carroll
  • 10-A
  • Carter, Walter P.
  • - Charismatic , confrontational civil rights organizer in the 1960s
  • 5-V
  • Demarco, Vinny
  • - Persistent, effective citizen lobbyist on issues of health care, gun control, tobacco
  • 8-J
  • Dobson,Vernon
  • - 39-year Pastor of Union Baptist Church, Druid Hill; co-founder of BUILD
  • 13-V
  • Douglass, Frederick
  • - Brilliant orator, author, abolitionist leader; fled slavery in Fells Point (1838)
  • 3-T
  • Dubois, W.E. B.
  • - Author, editor, organizer; settled his family in Morgan Park while he traveled
  • 10-X
  • Gaddy, Bea
  • - Having known homelessness & hunger herself, she helped and fed others
  • 10-N
  • Garrison, Wm. Lloyd
  • - Abolitionist editor, jailed here for "libelous" attacks on Baltimore slave dealer
  • 7-H
  • Jackson, Lillie Carroll
  • - Mother of the 20th-century civil rights movement, and of Juanita Jackson Mitchell
  • 7-R
  • Lange, Mary Eliz.
  • - Haitian-born founder of Oblate Sisters and of thriving St. Frances Academy (1828)
  • 8-E
  • McMillan, Enolia
  • - Served as president of both local & national NAACP in 1970s & '80s; lived to 102
  • 5-X
  • Miles, Rev. Douglas
  • - Bishop, Koinonia Baptist; leader in BUILD & Ministerial Alliance
  • 17-G
  • Mitchell, Clarence Jr.
  • - National lobbyist for NAACP during civil rights era; westside native, married to
  • 17-H
  • Mitchell, Juanita J.
  • - Groundbreaking civil rights lawyer; led nonviolent street protests in early 1930s
  • 7-S
  • Moore, Ralph
  • - Community organizer, anti-poverty advocate, now at St. Frances Community Center
  • 10-S
  • Navarro, Beltran
  • - Native of Venezula, advocate and organizer for Baltimore Hispanic community
  • 3-R
  • O'Hair, Madalyn M.
  • - Outspoken atheist whose challenge led to end of public school prayer
  • 10-U
  • Pope, Irona
  • - Lifelong advocate for families living in east-side housing projects
  • 10-U
  • Ruiz, José
  • - Advocate for Hispanic community; lover and promoter of Latin music and culture
  • 9-H
  • Seton, Elizabeth
  • - First US-born Roman Catholic saint; founded school in what is now Seton Hill
  • 7-J
  • Szold, Henrietta
  • - Founder of worldwide Jewish women's group Hadassah; bldg. is old Oheb Shalom
  • 5-F
  • Tyson, Elisha
  • - Courageous anti-slavery activist; founder of Woodberry mill community
  • 2-H
  • Wickwire, Chester
  • - Johns Hopkins U. chaplain; organizer, mentor, peace activist, risk-taker, poet
BUSINESS LEADERS and PHILANTHROPISTS

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  • 2-A
  • Blaustein, Jacob
  • - Co-Founder, with father, of AMOCO; statesman; donor of many philanthropies
  • 11-P
  • Embry, Robert
  • - City-development visionary & facilitator, now President of Abell Foundation
  • 15-E
  • Garrett, John Work
  • - Ruthless, labor-busting, empire-building President of B&O Railroad, 1858-1884.
  • 9-T
  • Garrett, Mary Eliz.
  • - Feminist, daughter of J.W. Garrett, endowed JHU School of Medicine
  • 12-K
  • Geppi, Steve
  • - Comics mogul; owns Balt. Mag. & Geppi Entertainment Museum; Little Italy native
  • 6-U
  • Hopkins, Johns
  • - Made wealthy by whiskey & trade; endowed namesake university & hospital
  • 11-Q
  • Lewis, Reginald
  • - Multimillionaire, grew up in East Balt.; funded city's black history museum
  • 2-C
  • Meyerhoff, Joseph
  • - Russian-born developer, gave millions to symphony orchestra, charities
  • 13-S
  • Myers, Isaac
  • - Shipbuilding entrepreneur, black trade unionist in Fells Point circa 1880s
  • 5-D
  • Parks, Henry
  • - "More Parks Sausages!" Pioneering name-brand black businessman, civic leader
  • 8-N
  • Peabody, George
  • - Mass.-born merchant lived here & got rich 1815-'36, founded Peabody Institute
  • 9-J
  • Pratt, Enoch
  • - Rich merchant, he endowed the city's libraries; his home is now MD Hist. Society
  • 12-M
  • Rouse, James
  • - Visionary developer, built Columbia, MD, Cross Keys, Harborplace, etc.
  • 12-L
  • Sondheim, Walter
  • - Civic leader, led desegregation of schools & oversaw downtown "renaissance"
  • 7-W
  • Struever, Bill
  • - Developer, wizard of innovative, adaptive re-use of city's older buildings
  • 9-K
  • Walters, Henry
  • - He and his father, William, spent vast railroad wealth on vast art collection
MEDICINE, SCIENCE, AND ENGINEERING

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  • 9-W
  • Blalock, Alfred
  • - Hopkins surgeon who, with Taussig* & Thomas**, solved "blue baby syndrome"
  • 5-J
  • Bunting, George
  • - Pharmacist created Noxzema and Noxell Corp. Plant was in Hampden
  • 8-T
  • Carson, Ben
  • - Hopkins brain surgeon famed for separation of conjoined twins
  • 10-G
  • Cowley, R Adams
  • - Founded UM shock-trauma center , first in US (name given on map is erroneous)
  • 16-B
  • Latrobe, Benjamin, Jr.
  • - Construction engineer, B&O RR; his "folly," Thomas Viaduct, still carrying trains
  • 8-X
  • Nathans, Daniel
  • - Nobel Prize winner for work that paved way to genetic medicine
  • 16-N
  • Peterman, Harry
  • - Physician founded local clinic that grew into South Baltimore General Hospital
  • 7-V
  • Snyder, Sol
  • - Acclaimed , much-cited JHU neuroscientist, co-discoverer of endorphins
  • 8-V
  • Sommer, Alfred
  • - Opthalmologist whose Vitamin A campaigns rescued millions from blindness
  • 9-V
  • *Taussig, Helen
  • - Pediatric cardiologist, battled "blue baby" syndrome and sexism in medicine
  • 9-X
  • **Thomas, Vivien
  • - Surgical assistant & trainer; with Blalock, pioneered open-heart surgery
  • 8-5
  • Watkins, Levi
  • - Pioneering African-American heart surgeon at JHMI; implanter of defibrillators
  • 8-B
  • Winans, Ross
  • - Designer & builder of early locomotives for B&O; built Crimea mansion
  • 5-T
  • Wolman, Abel
  • - JHU engineer, perfected chlorination; designed water systems worldwide
SPORTS

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  • 5-A
  • Barger, Toots
  • - Nation's #1 duckpin bowler for many years; lived in Howard Park
  • 9-C
  • Day, Leon
  • - Standout Negro League pitcher, belated Hall-of-Famer, played and retired here
  • 14-F
  • Gans, Joe
  • - World lightweight boxing champ, Baltimore born, buried in Mt. Auburn Cemetery
  • 17-X
  • Lasek, Bucky
  • - Skateboard champ, X-game medalist, grew up skating in Dundalk
  • 13-J
  • Lewis, Ray
  • - Indispensable Raven linebacker, twice NFL Defensive Player of the Year
  • 11-X
  • McGraw, John
  • - Pugnacious Orioles player, manager, circa 1900. See Wilbert Robinson*
  • 1-T
  • McKay, Jim
  • - Sports reporter, "Wide World of Sports" host; First man ever on TV in Baltimore
  • 2-F
  • Phelps, Michael
  • - "Human Dolphin" has won 14 career gold medals in Olympic swimming
  • 11-J
  • Ripken, Cal Jr.
  • - "Iron Man," Hall of Fame shortstop played 2,632 consecutive games
  • 5-P
  • Robinson, Brooks
  • - Beloved Oriole slugger, 3rd base, served record 23 years with team; Hall of Famer
  • 5-Q
  • Robinson, Frank
  • - Orioles outfielder & later, manager; hit only HR ever to clear Memorial Stadium
  • 12-X
  • *Robinson, Wilbert
  • - Orioles catcher; reputed as co-creator, with McGraw, above, of duckpin bowling
  • 12-H
  • Ruth, Babe
  • - "Bambino," born & raised in SW Baltimore, played just one season with Orioles
  • 1-A
  • Shriver, Pam
  • - World tennis champion, grew up here, attended McDonogh School
  • 4-Q
  • Unitas, Johnny
  • - "Man With the Golden Arm," NFL-record-breaking Colts quarterback
MILITARY FIGURES

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  • 15-S
  • Armisted, Col. George
  • - Commanded Fort McHenry's defense against British fleet, 1814
  • 14-P
  • Butler, Gen. Benjamin
  • - Occupied Federal Hill early in Civil War, aimed cannon at Baltimore City Hall
  • 11-W
  • Smith, Gen. Samuel
  • - Commanded hometown militias that defeated British in 1814 Battle of Baltimore
MISCELLANEOUS CHARACTERS

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  • 6-L
  • "Biddle, Nick"
  • - Union man from PA, wounded by pro-rebel rioters, called Civil War's 1st casualty
  • 6-Q
  • Bonaparte, Betsy
  • - Local beauty, briefly wed to Napoleon's brother, buried at Green Mount Cemetery
  • 14-Y
  • Hagy,"Wild Bill"
  • - Beer-loving cheerleader from Dundalk whose poses spelled out "ORIOLES"
  • 12-N
  • Heyn , Herman
  • - "Have A Look!" Streetcorner astronomer shares his telescope with harbor visitors
  • 12-T
  • Pickersgill, Mary
  • - Professional flagmaker created original Star Spangled Banner. See her house!
  • 10-J
  • Sherman, Abe
  • - "World's oldest newsboy," legendary grouch, ran newsstands most of 20th century
  • 7-P
  • Warfield, Wallis
  • - Created scandal by marrying British king; became, thereby, Duchess of Windsor