Group portrait of lawyers and minister
A group portrait of lawyers and minister, including pioneering political and civil rights activists. The men are posed standing on the doorstep of the home of Reverend Harvey Johnson, founder of Union Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. From left to right, the front row includes an unidentified man, and attorneys H. S. Cummings and Mr. Parker; the second row includes attorneys Mr. Pendleton, Ashbie Hawkins, and William McCard; third row includes an unidentified man, attorneys H. Burkett and W. T. McGuinn, and another unidentified man; fourth row includes an unidentified man, Reverend H. Johnson, and attorney C. C. Fitzgerald. Cummings was the first African American to be elected to Baltimore City Council, with McGuinn himself serving two terms. Hawkins, in addition to being an attorney for the NAACP and the Afro-American newspaper, was the first African American from Maryland to seek a U.S. Senate seat. Though he did not win, he remained active in Baltimore, dedicated to the fight against racially restrictive covenants.