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Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage

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The photographs in this collection provide a glimpse into the social, economic, and political lives of African American Marylanders over time. The images feature scenes from Baltimore City and various counties throughout the state, including views at work, school life, recreation, communities, public spaces and individuals.

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Collection Location: Enoch Pratt Free Library / State Library Resource Center

Collection Overview: African Americans have contributed their talents, skills, and culture to Maryland. As early as the first settlers who arrived in the state, African American life has been an integral part of Maryland's history. This collection of mostly black and white photographs depicts the lives of Americans from the 1890s to the 1970s. The images of this collection allow us a glimpse into the past of the social, economic, and political lives of African American Marylanders. The collection features scenes from Baltimore City and various counties throughout the state. The selections here include views at work, school life, recreation, communities, public spaces and individuals. This photographic history of African Americans in Maryland provides a panoramic view of what was occurring in their community. Individuals, organizations, and businesses donated many of the photographs you see here. This digital exhibit represents a small percentage of the hundreds of photographs in this collection, which may be viewed in the Maryland Department at the Enoch Pratt Free Library / State Library Resource Center.

 
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