Lawrence Burney 

Lawrence Burney is interested in exploring the history of Baltimore’s arts and culture scene through the Black lens.


Lawrence Burney (b. 1990) is a writer, journalist and the founder of True Laurels, a media platform dedicated to highlighting Baltimore and the DMV area’s most captivating music and culture. Burney’s storytelling is concerned with finding — and sharing — the intersections of history, culture, and contemporary art in Black communities in his home region, as well as various pockets within the African diaspora in an attempt to make more sense of the world he was born into. His work has been featured in publications such as The Washington Post, New York Magazine, and VICE.

“As my practice has started to incorporate film and an obsession with archival material from Black Baltimore’s past, I couldn’t have dreamed up a better scenario than to have a residency at institutions like The Parkway and The Enoch Pratt. I’m really looking forward to sharpening my craft and burying myself in the kind of research that, when shared, can inspire and inform others who are also yearning to learn more.”

Office Hours
Tues, Thurs & Fri 10am-3pm
Weds 10am-6pm
Enoch Pratt Central Library

Job and Career Center Studio M803 , first floor Business Science and Technology Mezzanine

Phone: 443-474-7010



When Time Stops

Storytelling Project
Are you a performer? Have a favorite club or bar you miss? Had an artistic experience you never will forget? Come tell your story about Baltimore’s music history with writer, archivist, and curator Lawrence Burney during his open interview hours at the Enoch Pratt Public Library’s Central Branch. Wednesdays 10am-6pm starting November 3, 2021. Sign up to make an appointment during office hours and/or submit through the
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Public Talks
A monthly conversation series hosted by Lawrence Burney that gets to the root of key musical and cultural moments, eras, and events throughout history in the Baltimore area. The conversations will include the voices of scholars/experts as well as former participants on subjects such as Pennsylvania Avenue’s legacy of jazz, local gospel powerhouses, and literature from Baltimore’s liberation movements in the early 20th century. The talks will be held at SNF Parkway Theater.
Dates and Times TBD

Photo Credit I Henry Phillips Sr, Courtesy of Webster Phillips, III

Photo Credit I Henry Phillips Sr, Courtesy of Webster Phillips, III