At the north corner of Little Italy, Baltimore, stands a proud brick building with a long and interesting history. The 1793 Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is a National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest houses in Baltimore. It has housed Italian residents and businesses, including a pharmacy, a steamship ticket office, Banco di Napoli, and a...

Congratulations to NIAF Member Suzanna Rosa Molino for her new book, Italians in Baltimore. Molino’s book showcases almost 200 captivating vintage photos with captions of Italian immigrants and their descendants in the Baltimore area, both in and out of Little Italy. These captivating photographs offer a brief yet fascinating insight into some of t...

October 12 2020 Roma, Italy / The United States

It's now been more than three months since the Christopher Columbus statue in Little Italy was toppled and thrown into the harbor. No arrests have been made. FOX45 has learned the statue is being worked on at an artist's studio on the eastern shore. It’s a months long process. Because of the extent of the damage they’re actually going to be creatin...

Baltimore's Italian-American community gathered Sunday morning for a small parade and ceremony in honor of Columbus Day. The ceremony took place in Little Italy where a Christopher Columbus statue once stood. The monument was toppled over and dragged into the water near the Inner Harbor by protesters on the Fourth of July. October is Italian-Americ...

Monday marks the federally recognized Columbus Day holiday but in Baltimore City, it’s unclear what the holiday will be called this year, despite City Council approving a name change. As of Friday, Oct. 9, Mayor Jack Young had not signed the bill. If he doesn’t act over the weekend, Monday will be dubbed Columbus Day in Baltimore City. For a group...

The Baltimore City Council pushed to accelerate the passage of a bill that would rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, with lawmakers hoping it takes effect in time for next week’s holiday. Whether the city meets this deadline now lies in the hands of Democratic Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. If he chooses to veto the legislation or let...

At 227 Slemmer's Alley in Little Italy, the Madonnari mural is coming along beautifully (pictured below), reports Cyd Wolf, Executive Producer of the Madonnari Arts Festival held in the neighborhood for the past five years. The mural is painted above the new yet-to-be-open Madonnari Gallery which will house a permanent exhibit dedicated to the art...

Many City Council members are now firmly behind the push underway to rename Columbus Day in Baltimore. The bill was introduced Monday. It has several more steps to go. Every October, for more than 125 years, Baltimore's Columbus Day Parade winds through the Inner Harbor and Little Italy. It's said to be the oldest celebration of Columbus in the nat...

The Baltimore City Board of Estimates voted Wednesday to return the toppled Christopher Columbus statue that once stood in Little Italy back to its original owners. The statue was torn down on the Fourth of July and partially thrown into the Inner Harbor. The Italian American Organizations United called for the city to give the statue back. The Bal...