Here’s an interesting event we just came across in our overstuffed inbox: the Maryland Historical Society is asking the public for help identifying thousands of photographs in its possession and holding a reception for a look at the pictures to see what you know. Please pass on the word and sorry for the late notice. -The Eds.
Courtesy the Maryland Historical Society – On Sunday, April 7 at 2 pm, you’re invited to take part in “Revisiting Our Past: Identifying Paul Henderson’s Photographs of the African-American Community in Maryland, ca. 1935-1965.”
There are over 6,000 photographs in the Paul Henderson Photograph Collection,many of which are still unidentified. So we need your help to collect names of individuals and memories from this era.
We encourage you to invite your friends, neighbors, and relatives to this afternoon of reminiscence. You never know, you could see your friends from high school, your parents when they were young, and famous Marylanders (we recently identified Thurgood Marshall in one photo!)
For our April 7 event, Paul Henderson’s entire collection has been printed as reference photos and placed in three-ring notebooks that will be presented along with identification forms. Those in attendance will be attempting to identify thousands of unidentified faces and places in Henderson’s photos. Light refreshments will be served.
This event is sponsored in part by the Pierians Incorporated, Baltimore Chapter, who approached MdHS’s Special Collections department with the idea for the event. Student facilitators from the history departments of University of Maryland Baltimore County, Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, Morgan State University, and Sojourner-Douglass College will be on hand to facilitate this history-recording event.
Paul Henderson (1899-1988) was an African-American photographer who worked in Baltimore from the 1930s to 1960s. Most of his career was spent at the Afro-Americannewspaper where he documented significant events and everyday life in Baltimore’s African-American communities, leaving behind a collection of over 6,000 photographs.
The exhibit, Paul Henderson: Baltimore’s Civil Rights Era in Photographs, ca. 1940-1960 has been on display in the Hackerman gallery since February 2012. A selection of Henderson photos will be installed in Baltimore’s City Hall this May.
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