Garnet Baltimore

Engineer, Architect

1859 – 1946

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Who was Garnet Baltimore?

Garnet Douglass Baltimore was the first African-American engineer and graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, Class of 1881.

He was named for two prominent abolitionists, Henry Highland Garnet and Frederick Douglass. He was known for his architectural, engineering, and landscaping work, including Prospect Park in Troy, and Forest Park Cemetery in Brunswick, New York.

During his work on the extension of a lock on the Oswego Canal, Baltimore developed a system to test cement that was adopted as standard by the State of New York. He was an inductee of the Rensselaer Hall of Fame. Each year Rensselaer hosts the Garnet D. Baltimore Lecture Series in his honor.

In February 2005, former Troy mayor Harry Tutunjian ceremonially renamed the section of Eighth Street between Hoosick Street and Congress Street as Garnet Douglass Baltimore Street, "as a lasting tribute to a Trojan who gave so much to his community."

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Born
Apr 15, 1859
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Died
Jun 12, 1946

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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