Paul Henderson: Photographs from the Civil Rights Era

September 19, 2019 - May 24, 2020

The Goucher College Library is excited to announce the exhibition Paul Henderson: Photographs from the Civil Rights Era opening September 19, 2019.  This traveling exhibit from the collections of the Maryland Historical Society features images by Baltimore photojournalist Paul Henderson (1899-1988).  As the Afro-American’s first photographer and later a free-lance photographer, Henderson captured life in Baltimore during the 1940s to 1960s.  While Henderson’s collection includes over 7,000 photographs, the exhibit at Goucher will feature a selection of images that visually documents the African American community and subjects including NAACP activities, protests, Morgan State University, athletic events, businesses, church groups, and everyday life in Baltimore during the Civil Rights era. 

Location

Level 4 of the Sanford J. Ungar Athenaeum at Goucher College.  For directions and a campus map, click here.

Hours

The exhibit is open to the public Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday and Sunday noon-5pm during normal library operations.  Please check the library hours before planning your visit.  You can find them here on the library’s webpage. (scroll down, on the left)

Reception

On October 17, 2019, 6-8pm an exhibit reception will be held at the Goucher College Library that is free and open to the public.   

Contact

archives@goucher.edu 

Programming

Curating Henderson, Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 6-7:30pm, Batza Room, Athenaeum

Please join us for some light refreshments and an engaging discussion with Jenny Ferretti, digital initiatives librarian at the Maryland Institute of Art, and Joe Tropea, curator of films and photographs at the Maryland Historical Society, who will discuss their experience working with the Paul Henderson Collection. 

The Photographs

Thurgood Marshall, Dr. Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson, and Pearl Bailey are some familiar faces in Henderson’s photographs; however, many of Henderson’s subjects are unidentified. In conjunction with the Maryland Historical Society initiative to raise awareness of the collection and identify people and places, QR codes printed on exhibit labels will take smartphone users to an online survey where they can type in names and other information. Print identification forms will also be available.

  • Paul Henderson with camera, date unknown. Henderson Collection, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection, Maryland Historical Society, 1991.44.301.

  • Ford’s Theatre protest (Mrs. Ada Jenkins pictured far left; Paul Robeson second from left; Dr. John E.T. Camper forth from left.), 1948. Henderson Collection, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection. Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society, HEN.00.A2-156.

  • Doug’s Blue Notes Band (Doug McArthur, Ruby Glover, and others), ca. 1951. Henderson Collection, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection. Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society, HEN.00.A2-252.

  • Batters of the Baltimore Elite Giants Negro League baseball team, 1949. (Left to right: Henry Kimbo, Robert “Butch” Davis, Lester Locket, Lenny Pearson.) Identified by Todd Bolton, Historian, Negro League Baseball.) Henderson Collection, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection. Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society, HEN.00.A1-055.

  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) meeting for voter registration campaign, 1948. Henderson Collection, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection. Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society, HEN.00.A2-147.

To learn more about the collection visit the Maryland Historical Society’s website for the Paul Henderson Photograph Collection. See also Who Was Paul Henderson?, an article by Joe Tropea, the curator of photographs and film at the Maryland Historical Society.

 

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