Paul Henderson: Maryland's Civil Rights Era in Photographs, ca. 1940-1960
WHEN: Opens June 5; Monday - Fridays, 9 AM to 5 PM
WHERE: rotunda at Baltimore City Hall (100 N Holliday St., Baltimore
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public (photo ID needed to enter)
The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is happy to announce the first stop on its new traveling exhibit, Paul Henderson: Maryland's Civil Rights Era in Photographs, ca. 1940-1960, a 46-piece photo print exhibit. (Above: Protesting Jim Crow Admissions policy at Ford's Theatre, HEN.00.A2-156)
Paul Henderson's work is an invaluable visual record of both the Civil Rights movement and everyday life in Maryland. Photo prints on display at City Hall and MdHS include well-known figures such as actor and singer Paul Robeson, future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Gov. Theodore McKeldin, actress and singer Pearl Bailey, and gospel legend Mahalia Jackson; bygone landmarks such as the Royal Theatre and old Pennsylvania Avenue; students and educators of Morgan State College; and many unknown Maryland residents.
Paul Henderson: Maryland's Civil Rights Era in Photographs, ca. 1940-1960 also represents MdHS's continuing attempt to identify the people and locations in Henderson's photos. This exhibit follows an identification event in April sponsored by the Pierians Incorporated, Baltimore Chapter held at MdHS during which more than 100 attendees helped identify many people and places. But more work is needed. Most of the prints containing unknown people and places have QR codes printed on the labels that will take smartphone users to an online survey where they can type in names and other information. Identification forms will also be available in the rotunda at City Hall near the prints.
Exhibit curated by Joe Tropea and Jennifer A. Ferretti