Poll pool: Baltimore County groups to collect oral histories gauging electoral engagement

January 29, 2021

The Baltimore Sun/The Towson Times, December 28, 2020
by Taylor DeVille

A Black woman in front of an American flag sitting vertically. She wears a white, long-sleeved shirt, red face mask, and raises her fist.

In an election year that saw the largest voter turnout in over a century, civic engagement has become a more salient topic of conversation.

With voting in the national spotlight, three local organizations, in separate initiatives, are collecting oral histories from residents highlighting voting rights and civic participation.

The Patapsco Heritage Greenway, the Historical Society of Baltimore County and the Community College of Baltimore County next year will begin seeking accounts from those who have lived in the region for decades as well as newly minted voters in two projects.

The Patapsco Heritage Greenway project, funded by a $1,975 grant from Maryland Humanities, is part of the state organization’s Voice and Votes Electoral Engagement Project and coincides with a traveling exhibition that will be coming to the Baltimore County Historical Society in Cockeysville and the Community College of Baltimore County’s Dundalk campus next December.

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