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Harry S. Cummings and his Impact on Black Political Participation in Post-Reconstruction Baltimore

Harry S. Cummings was one of the first black lawyers in the state of Maryland prior to his role in politics, and in 1890 became the first black council member for Baltimore City. His historic election dramatically increased the political participation of Black citizens as he fought for reform and greater civil rights.

Follow Domonique Flowers, MCHC’s 2022-23 Lord Baltimore Research Fellow, as he virtually showcases Cummings’ integral role as a community leader and political advocate for educational and civic issues in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Martina Kado, MCHC Director of Publications & Interim Library Director, joins Flowers in discussion.

This virtual program is free and open to all audiences. Registration is required. After registering, an automated confirmation email will provide connection instructions.

Image: Group portrait of lawyers and minister [including W. Ashbie Hawkins, 2nd row middle], photograph by unidentified photographer, circa 1895–1900, PP240.005. Harry Sythe Cummings Photograph Collection, PP 240, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Center for History and Culture.

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