You are standing at the site of the historic African American neighborhood of
Fells Lane. The homes were demolished n the 1970s, and the street renamed Fels, after community activists fought for the construction of a new neighborhood.
This 1964 neighborhood map, created by former resident Tyrone Tyler, shows the housing layout of the Fells Lane community that existed on what is now Parking Lot F. More than 40 families lived in this area from Main street to the Fells Lane Elementary School.
In the spring of 1969, residents from Fells Lane, Mercer Street, Merryman Street, New Cut Road, and Main Street moved to the newly built Hilltop housing complex on Mt. Ida Drive. The old houses on Fells Lane were demolished during the early 1970s.
Only one house on lower Fells Lane (The Heine House) and two houses from Mercer Street are still standing. The lettered housed along Main Street were torn down to make way for Ellicot Mills Drive. the Hilltop housing complex was razed and replaced by Burgess Mill Station.
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