1983: The Eubie Blake Cultural Center Opens
The Cultural Arts Program throws a birthday party to celebrate the life and work of Baltimore native James Hubert “Eubie” Blake. Born in the city on February 7, 1883, Blake went on to become a esteemed pianist, lyricist and composer of ragtime, jazz, and popular music. Blake composed hundreds of songs and received many accolades and awards for his work, including a Grammy nomination and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Eubie Blake passes away and a memorial celebration is held by the Cultural Arts Program. CAP re-names Gallery 409 as the Eubie Blake Cultural Center in his honor.