It was the site of a historic student sit-in. Now, decades later, the fight over what to do with the Read’s Drug Store building rages on between the city and a civil rights icon.
Robert M. Bell was 16 years old when he recruited classmates to join a sit-in at a downtown Baltimore restaurant. The sit-in was Bell’s first, and he remembers being a little nervous.
Baltimore’s preservation commission has voted to add the former Read’s drugstore to a list of city landmarks.
It was the first successful student sit-in to end segregation and it happened at a drug store right here in Baltimore.