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A sneak preview of “Paul Henderson: Photographing Morgan (1947–1955)”

Underbelly presents this sneak preview ahead of the opening of the Maryland Historical Society’s popular traveling exhibition of the work of photojournalist Paul Henderson.

Paul Henderson: Photographing Morgan (1947–1955) runs February 4 through March 27, 2016 at Morgan University’s James E. Lewis Museum of Art and is free and open to the public.

It’s thanks to Paul Henderson (1899-1988) hitting the bricks for decades with his camera and ladder in tow that so many incredible images of black life in Baltimore during the mid-20th century survive. His work is an invaluable visual record of the Civil Rights movement, post-WWII America, and everyday life in Maryland. While he may be best known as the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper’s first photographer—he started at the paper in 1929, Henderson spent a lot of time on the campus of Morgan State College from 1947 through 1955. This show, curated by Joe Tropea, is a celebration of Morgan State University’s history and another step in MdHS’s work of putting names to faces and places. Most of the 6,000 plus negatives in the Paul Henderson Photograph Collection lack identification of subjects, locations, and dates. If you have information pertaining to any of the images below, please help by clicking here.

 

Aerial view of campus.  DATE NEEDED. Digital archive print from 4 in. x 5 in. acetate negative. Paul Henderson Photograph Collection, HEN-02-01-014.

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Professor James Edward Lewis (1923-1997) with bust. IDENTIFICATION OF BUST NEEDED. Chairperson of the Morgan State College Department of Art, Founder and Curator of the James E. Lewis Gallery and Museum at Morgan State University. Circa 1951. Digital archive print from 4 in. x 5 in. acetate negative. Paul Henderson Photograph Collection, HEN-03-02-053.

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Head coach Edward P. Hurt (center) on the bench. DATE, ASSIST. COACH, & PLAYERS IDS NEEDED. Digital archive print from 4 in. x 5 in. acetate negative. Paul Henderson Photograph Collection, HEN-03-02-008.

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Basektball team with head coach Talmadge L. “Marse” Hill and unidentified coach and players. Circa 1951.  IDENTIFICATION OF ASSIST. COACH & PLAYERS NEEDED. Digital archive print from 4 in. x 5 in. acetate negative. Paul Henderson Photograph Collection, HEN-06-04-029.

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Twins in front of Holmes Hall, c.1950. IDENTIFICATIONS NEEDED. Digital archive print from 4 in. x 5 in. acetate negative. Paul Henderson Photograph Collection, HEN-03-02-016.

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Group portrait. Man at microphone with women and men in background on field. November 1949. IDENTIFICATIONS NEEDED. Digital archive print from 4 in. x 5 in. acetate negative. Paul Henderson Photograph Collection, HEN-02-01-044.

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Maypole dance. Morgan State College, c.1951-1952. DATE & IDENTIFICATIONS NEEDED. Digital archive print from 4 in. x 5 in. acetate negative. Paul Henderson Photograph Collection, HEN-03-05-023.

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An opening reception for Paul Henderson: Photographing Morgan (1947–1955) will be held at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art on Feb. 11, 4:30–6:30pm. 2201 Argonne Dr. Baltimore, MD 21251

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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