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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 the 1900 block of Druid Hill Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland. From left to right, the front row includes an unidentified man, and attorneys Harry Sythe Cummings (1866-1917) and Mr. Parker. In the second row are attorneys George L. Pendleton (1866-1943), William Ashbie Hawkins (1861-1941), and William C. McCard. The third row includes an unidentified man, attorneys H. M. Burkett and Warner T. McGuinn (1859-1937), and another unidentified man. An unidentified man, Reverend Harvey Johnson (1843-1923), and attorney Cornelius C. Fitzgerald (1863-1935) are in the fourth row. 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 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (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.



circa 1900

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8.25 x 10 inches

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1 print

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Verso transcription: A group of ministers and lawyers formed to obtain jobs for colored teachers in the Colored High School before 1900. Front row 1. Unknown 2, Atty H.S. Cummings 3. Atty Parker. Row 2) 1. Atty Pendleton 2. Atty Ashbie Hawkins 3. Atty Wm Mc Card. Row 3) 1. Unknown 2. Atty H. Burkett 3. Atty W. T. McGuinn 4. Unknown. Row 4) 1. Unknown 2. Rev. H. Johnson 3. Atty C.C. Fitzgerald. Picture taken in 1900 block of Druid Hill Ave at the home of Rev. Harvey Johnson founder of Union Baptist Church. 1200 block of 1900 block of Druid Hill Avenue.

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