1983: The Eubie Blake Cultural Center Opens​

Exhibit on the life and work of Eubie Blake in the cultural center named in this honor at 409 North Charles Street

Exhibit on the life and work of Eubie Blake in the cultural center named in this honor at 409 North Charles Street, circa 1980s. Robert Breck Chapman Photographs.

Portrait of Eubie Blake as a young man, 1920s

Portrait of Eubie Blake as a young man in the 1920s. Image taken in 1984. Robert Breck Chapman Photographs

January 1983: 
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.

The skilled hands of Eubie Blake

The skilled hands of Eubie Blake, 1984. Robert Breck Chapman Photographs.

February 1983: 
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.