The Rotunda and the Dome

Matthew Alexander Henson Memorial Plaque

Artist: Unknown artist, 1961
Medium: Bronze
MSA SC 1545-2917


Matthew Henson, who was born in Charles County, became the first African American to reach the North Pole, on April 6, 1906, during the Arctic expedition of US Navy Commander Robert Edwin Peary. He is recognized as a co-discover of the North Pole, with Peary.

This plaque was dedicated on November 18, 1961, it is the first state-funded memorial to an African American.







Portraits AND Exhibits in the Rotunda

The Dome
George Calvert
Cecil Calvert
Chalres Calvert
Benedict L. Calvert
Matthhew Henson Plaque

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