Key Chain - Club Hippo
Charles L. "Chuck" Bower was the second owner of the Hippo after purchasing the establishment in 1978. When he recently needed to vacate the building, he offered the iconic neon sign to the Maryland Historical Society.
From 1972 until its closing in the fall of 2015, the Hippo, formerly the Chanticleer Club, was the linchpin of Baltimore's gay community. Chuck Bower, owner of the club since 1978, wanted it to be a place where everyone was accepted and, in the late 1980s, stepped up to help Baltimore deal with the HIV/AIDS crisis. The role of the Hippo became more than just a meeting place, but grew to be one of the main symbols of the city's gay community.
The double-sided key chain measures approximately 2.25 x 1.5 inches.