By Jen Sparenberg, Hazard Mitigation Program Officer
Easton’s Bottom and Hammond Town neighborhoods served vibrant African American communities in the decades after the Civil War. Located adjacent to “the Hill,” an early free African-American settlement, both neighborhoods have suffered a slow decline over decades. As Easton considers the redevelopment of nearby Easton Point, the Port Street Master Plan presents an opportunity to revitalize the Bottom and to record and interpret the history of the Bottom and Hammond Town.
Old Moton, a Rosenwald School in Easton. Credit: Michelle Zachs
As a first step towards documenting the history of both communities, the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center and Port Street Matters/the NAACP-Talbot County sponsored a community outreach meeting to record existing and vanished important places in the communities. Residents, ex-residents, and community elders met at the American Legion Blake-Blackston Post #77 in Easton to participate.
Large aerial maps of the Bottom, Hammond Town…