Baltimore County News
Annual Award Honoring African-American Heritage in Baltimore County
Today, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced a new Baltimore County endeavor that will take place every year during Black History Month and be presented to deserving recipients.
The award is named for Baltimore County resident Louis S. Diggs, a respected and distinguished authority on County African-American history. Diggs’ research and historical perspective has guided him to publish 10 books; organize tours in the community; present lectures; and manage the Diggs-Johnson Museum in Granite.
“No one has done more to preserve and promote African American history in Baltimore County than Mr. Louis Diggs,” stated Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “An award such as this is long overdue, and we in Baltimore County are so fortunate to have this notable expert on African American history right here in our own community.”
After surprising Diggs with the declaration of naming the award for him, Kamenetz revealed the 2016 recipients – Audrey Simmons and Ray Banks, who together brought the Hubert V. Simmons Museum for Negro Leagues Baseball to fruition.
The Simmons Museum is located in the Owings Mills library.
Leaders in Conservation
Baltimore County has once again been recognized on a national level for its excellence in promoting the benefits of trees for communities. This afternoon, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz accepted the Tree City USA Award on behalf of Baltimore County.
This is the twelfth year that the County received this notable designation by the national Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
Arbor Day in Baltimore County
“We’re proud that we are leaders in the state when it comes to to the conservation, health, reforestation and stewardship of the County’s trees and forests, and we are grateful for the recognition that comes with being named a Tree City USA,” said Kamenetz.
Dozens of environmental leaders attended the announcement, held at the County’s Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park. At the event, the County Executive also proclaimed April 24 as Arbor Day in Baltimore County, which corresponds with the national Arbor Day date.
The County Executive marked the occasion by planting a tree at the County’s agricultural center, the site of a successful reforestation project that is a model for current projects funded through the stormwater remediation fee.