Focusing on Environmental Justice Around Juneteenth: Maryland

Photo by Jaida Rhea

Maryland is a Mid-Atlantic state that is defined by its plentiful waterways and coastlines bordering the Atlantic ocean, and is home to the largest estuary in the United States, the Chesapeake Bay. Its largest city, Baltimore, is home of Fort McHenry, the birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, and has a very long history as a major seaport. From the bustling city streets of this colorful metropolis, to the purple horizons of the Appalachian mountains, and to the marshlands of Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland is the embodiment of diverse natural landscapes and cultures, and I am happy to call it my home. However, looking past the beauty of this small state, lies a long battle for environmental justice.