The Harmon Hotel

The Harmon Hotel (HM39J)

Location: Hagerstown, MD 21740 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 38.782', W 77° 43.203'

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The Harmon Hotel stood here, one of more than 40 properties owned by Walter Harmon (1869-1915), a local African-American businessman who amassed a fortune in real estate.

A McGaheysville, VA native, Harmon had 10 children and 20 grandchildren. Most worked here before pursuing careers in education, medicine and business. Harmon's widow, Florence Keys Harmon, a native of Williamsport, managed this property until her passing in 1953.

When segregation shut local apartment and hotel doors; the Harmon Hotel hosted back teachers, entertainers and travelers. Their most prestigious guest was Willie Mays. In June 1950 the 19 year rookie came to Hagerstown with the Trenton Giants, a New York Giants farm team, for a weekend series against the local Boston Braves farm team.
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HM NumberHM39J
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Placed ByEach One Teach One African American Historical Association of Western Maryland
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 7:15pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 266607 N 4392044
Decimal Degrees39.64636667, -77.72005000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 38.782', W 77° 43.203'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 38' 46.92" N, 77° 43' 12.18" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 230-238 Jonathan St, Hagerstown MD 21740, US
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