Hello my dear friends, I hope you all are well and not fighting that nasty flu that is going around. It has already hit my house. Well, I am going to try to cheer you up by sharing with you a few of photos and research that took me four years to put together. These photos are from the book that I am about to publish with Xlibris Publishing Company. I want to give you a preview of what you can look forward to when my book, “African-American Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland” (Remembering the Yesteryears) comes out early this spring. I thought it would be a perfect way to end Black History Month.

My book will about 650 pages with 640 pictures includes 14 chapters of pictures and captures of the community, history and entertainment in Baltimore. Enjoy these photos in my column. Have fun remembering these people and places. I feel very strongly that all our history is not in our history books. It is right here in our communities. Many of these places are no longer around and some of the folks in the pictures have passed on, but there is a legacy for our children, grandchildren and generations to come, just the same. Those of us who lived in this era have a story to tell and I am going to help tell it.

I remember Buck’s Bar, when it was located 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. back in the 1960’s. They put on a Sunday breakfast show featuring Bill Byrd Trio with Bill Byrd on organ, Arnold Sterling on saxophone and Johnny Polite on drums. I remember the Silver Rail Lounge was located 1820 E. Federal Street and Leon “Sleepy” Hawkins was the Manager. I remember Bill Dotson’s Lounge on Furnace Branch Road in Glen Burnie, Md. When Frank Reddish was the owner, Eddie Morrison from WSID Radio was the master of ceremony and the Dave Ross Organ Trio was performing every Thursday-Sunday in the late 1960’s. I could go on and on, but I am out of space and out of time. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.