The Paul Henderson Collection - Photographs from Celebrated Civil Rights Photographer Paul Henderson In Baltimore from 1940 to 1960

Black History Month Web Exhibit
By the Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore, MD – February 15, 2011 - The city of Baltimore is world renowned for its rich African-American history and for being one of the focal points of the 20th century struggle for civil rights. In celebrate of this rich history and for Black History month, the Maryland Historical Society is pleased to release a collection of photographs from civil rights photographer Paul Henderson. They can be found on our Tumblr site at
Paul Henderson’s photographs capture every day moments of both famous and ordinary African-American citizens of Baltimore over the course of a twenty year period during the civil rights era from 1940 to 1960. The collection is part of the Baltimore City Life Museum collection, and the Maryland Historical Society's Imaging Services department. New photographs from the collection will be placed on the site daily throughout February. Additional photos will be placed on the site in subsequent months.
Paul Henderson was renowned for his still photographs of African-American life in Baltimore over the course of a twenty year period. He began his career working for a Richmond newspaper before moving to Baltimore in 1940, where he resided in Druid Hill Park. Henderson then began working for “The Afro-American Newspaper-Baltimore” as a photographer. Paul Henderson died in Baltimore in 1966.
The Maryland Historical Society (MDHS) was founded in 1844 and is the world’s largest museum and library dedicated to the history of Maryland. Occupying an entire city block in the Mount Vernon district of Baltimore, the society’s mission is to “collect, preserve, and interpret the objects and materials that reflect Maryland’s diverse cultural heritage.” The Maryland Historical Society has a museum, a library, and publishes a quarterly magazine titled “Maryland Historical Magazine.” More information about the Maryland Historical Society can be found online at

Thurgood Marshall Receiving N.A.A.C.P. Plaque

Thurgood Marshall Receiving N.A.A.C.P. Plaque, Baltimore
Thurgood Marshall  (left) was born in Baltimore and became president of the N.A.A.C.P. in 1940. He later became the first African-American appointed to the US Supreme Court by President Johnson on June 13, 1967. He died in 1993.

Catchers, Elite Giants, Baltimore, Maryland

Catchers, Elite Giants, Baltimore, Maryland
The Baltimore Elite Giants (pronounced e-light) were a professional baseball team that played for various Negro Leagues throughout the 1930s and 1940s. This photograph was taken in 1949, a year before the team dissolved following the 1950 season.