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Arabbers are street vendors who sell fruits and vegetables from colorful horse-drawn carts. Arabbing began in the early 19th century in cities along the East Coast, and many African American men entered the trade following the Civil War. With the prevalence of supermarkets and the challenges associated with establishing and maintaining stables, the arabber tradition is now on the brink of extinction.
The Arabber Preservation Society was formed in 1994 to renovate and promote the preservation of arabber stables. Learn about the history of arabbers in Baltimore and the important role they play in Baltimore communities today.
Photo courtesy Tiffany James
This event has been organized by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and the Arabber Preservation Society. Learn more about Doors Open Baltimore 2020.