A New Page in Turner Station History
Anthony Homes Celebration this Saturday, Dec. 10 honors community leader Dr. Joseph H. Thomas (1885 – 1963). Known as Turner Station’s ‘first citizen’, he was a successful physician, businessman and civic leader. He built 12 homes on Sollers Point Road in 1944, one of the first African-American and privately owned housing projects in Maryland, and named them Anthony Homes in memory of his father. Local historian Louis Diggs credits both Anthony Thomas (1857 – 1931) and Joseph with the self-sufficient community development that made Turner Station one of the largest African American communities in Baltimore County, which reached a peak around WWII.
Join the Turner Station Conservation Teams this Saturday at 11 am at 128 Sollers Point Road, 21222 to dedicate the Anthony Homes Historic Marker and celebrate this gateway to Turner Station, which was the focus of a DRC Front Yard Facelift project a few weeks ago. Work included power washing, new front doors, house numerals, mailboxes, fencing, and tree plantings.
This project is supported by Baltimore County government, MD Dept. of Community Development, Turner Station Conservation Teams, Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, Baltimore Rebuilding Together and Honeywell. Light refreshments will be served.