old west baltimore
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Philip J. Merrill
Philip J. Merrill is the CEO and founder of Nanny Jack & Company, an African American heritage consulting business. He served as a member of the Chesapeake Collectibles appraiser team on Maryland Public Televisions (MPT) for eight seasons and was an Antiques Roadshow appraiser for six seasons as a Black Americana specialist.
He is author of The Art of Collecting Black Memorabilia (1998), The Black America Series: Baltimore (1999), and Images of America: Old West Baltimore (2020) and editor of The World War II Black Regiment that Built the Alaska Military Highway: A Photographic History (2002).
Merrill is an associate producer of the documentary, Tell Me More and Then Some, a film about jazz in Baltimore. In 2013, Merrill's oral history was archived in the Library of Congress for his accomplishments as an African American business and education leader by The HistoryMakers.
Merrill is the host of the Artifactual Journey podcast on Anchor, Google Play, and iTunes (anchor.fm/artifactual-journey).
Veronica A. Carr
Veronica Asheia Carr is the Digital Media Strategist and Staff Writer for Nanny Jack & Co., an African American heritage consulting firm. She is a graduate of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Mass Communications.
During her time at Lincoln, Veronica was on the Dean's List and recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, Drs. James and Beverly Scott Award, and the William L. Eichelberger '59 Endowed Award For Creative Writing. Carr spent the first semester of her junior year abroad at Kingston University in London, where she studied Journalism.
Veronica began interning with Nanny Jack & Co. in spring 2015 under an NEH Global Heritage and Legacy grant. The following spring, she interned for the company again, under a Title III grant, known as "Treasure to Treasure: From Old West Baltimore to Lincoln University" and was a panelist that presented at the 2016 ASALH conference.
Carr is also the Producer and Editor of the Artifactual Journey podcast on Anchor, Google Play, and iTunes (anchor.fm/artifactual-journey)