Maryland State Archives Presents:

A Calendar of Maryland's African American History

By John Gartrell, Research Archivist, Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland Department

The purpose of this presentation is to shed light on Maryland's rich African American history. Thanks to the great historian, Carter G. Woodson, the month of February is designated as the national month of celebration for African American history. However, a celebration of African American history, especially in the state of Maryland, should not be confined to one month. African Americans have contributed to this country's history everyday of the year. The hope is that through the subjects chosen for each month of this presentation, one will get a glimpse at the variety of ways African Americans in Maryland have left their mark on the history of the state, the nation, and the world at large. 

January: (1921) Harry Augustus Cole
July: (1845) Mark Caesar
February: (1883) Eubie Blake
August: (1866) Matthew Henson
March: (1641) Mathis de Sousa 
September: (1664) Maryland General Assembly
April: (1990) Verda Freeman Welcome
October: (1806) Benjamin Banneker
May: (1889) Lillie Carroll Jackson
November: (1874) Joe Gans
June: (1960) Sit-In at Hooper's Restaurant
December: (1934) Donald Gaines Murray


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