In January 2004, the historic Hippodrome Theatre reopened after significant being renovated. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture opened in 2005, and the National Slavic Museum in Fell's Point was established in 2012. The commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 was a festival that brought a total of 45 tall ships, naval vessels and others from the US, United Kingdom, Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Mexico to Baltimore's Harbor. The event was held between June 13th and 19th and it had special guests like Barack Obama.
In 2015, Baltimore was the scene of violent protests after Freddie Gray died after being in custody of the police. Thousands of peaceful protesters filled the City Hall square after Gray's funeral on April 27. The Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan sent in the National Guard and imposed a curfew. Six police officers were charged with crimes relating to Gray's death. On September 19, 2016, the Baltimore City Council approved a $660 million bond deal for the $5.5 billion Port Covington redevelopment project championed by Under Armour founder Kevin Plank. Port Covington surpassed the Harbor Point development as the largest tax-increment financing deal in Baltimore's history and among the largest urban redevelopment projects in the country. The waterfront development that includes the new headquarters for Under Armour, as well as shops, housing, offices, and manufacturing spaces is projected to create 26,500 permanent jobs with a $4.3 billion annual economic impact. In an open letter Plank refers to the turbulent history in Baltimore's economic development and civic life as "forks in the road".
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