Days of their lives

Courtney Speed points out the Union Baptist Church in Turner Station from the backseat of an SUV. Her friend, Miss Kitty, stops to chat. When a car horn blows, Speed says, "They must not be from here. We don't blow our horns in Turner Station."

And she's in a position to know. It would be hard to find anyone more invested in Turner Station and its history than Speed, a cosmetologist and community leader. Speed left East Baltimore in the 1960s when she married John Emmitt Speed Jr., who introduced her to the historically African-American neighborhood at the tip of Dundalk in Baltimore County and to one of its main gathering spots, Speed's Barber and Beauty...