The Arch Social Club

The Arch Social Club was casually founded in 1905 and officially incorporated on March 15, 1912. The club is a response to Baltimore’s brutally repressive racial environment. Black people at the dawn of the 20th century were savagely pushed to the political, social, cultural and economic margins by the oppressive systems such as Jim Crow Laws and Black Codes. Out of necessity, African Americans sought collective survival in the construction of a unified civil society. Schools, churches, benevolent associations, commercial enterprises, cultural venues and other social institutions that addressed the systems of day-to-day racism.