'For All the World to Hear' Press Release

'For All the World to Hear'
  Commemorating Maryland’s Civil Rights  
Movement at the MD Historical Society

BALTIMORE, February 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — "Maryland is world renowned for its rich African-American history, and Baltimore was one of the focal points of the 20th Century struggle for civil rights," says MdHS President Burt Kummerow. "It is our hope to make 'History Alive' for the present generation by remembering and telling these important stories."

The Maryland Historical Society owns an important collection of Civil Rights materials, including The Paul Henderson Photograph Collection, manuscripts, books, journals, pamphlets, and oral histories related to Maryland. Its oral history collection is a particularly valuable resource, containing interviews with many Civil Rights participants.

On Tuesday, February 12 from 6-8pm, the Society has the unique opportunity to present these stories – experienced first-hand by Baltimore residents– in front of a live audience.

The program, entitled “For All the World to Hear” will feature ten Baltimore seniors. These individuals put themselves on the line for freedom demonstrating extraordinary character and courage.

Participants of "For All the World to Hear," image courtesy UMBC

Following the performance, artistic director Harriet Lynn will lead an interactive audience discussion. For All the World to Hear is organized by UMBC's Center for Art, Design & Visual Culture, and made possible by the Maryland Humanities Council.

This free event is open to the public. To register, visit our website, or call 410-685-3750 Ext. 377.

In addition, in celebration of Black History month, the Society is hosting a Civil War Tribute Program that will be performed by the Maryland Historical Society Players. This 'living history' program will take place on Saturday, February 9 at 2pm. Actors will portray Harriet Tubman and Union Sergeant Major and Medal of Honor recipient Christian Fleetwood. No advance reservations are necessary.

About The Henderson Collection

Paul Samuel Henderson (1899–1988) was born in Springfield, Tennessee and moved to Baltimore in 1929, where he worked as staff photographer and occasional writer for the Baltimore Afro-American.

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.

"Picketers Outside Ford's Theatre," Paul Henderson, 1948, MdHS, HEN.00.A2-178

The Henderson Photograph Collection contains over six thousand negatives and several hundred prints, of which only a small fraction have been identified. The Maryland Historical Society acquired the photographs after the Baltimore City Life Museum (also known as the Peale Museum) closed its doors in 1997. The collection came to MdHS unprocessed and with little useful description. In 2010, Towson University’s Historic Preservation class began reprocessing and over the past two years interns, volunteers, and staff completed the project. The result is an unparalleled visual record of Civil Rights in Baltimore.

Photographs from The Henderson Collection are on display in the Maryland Historical Society’s main gallery, and open to the public Wednesday-Saturday from 10 am-5 pm and Sunday 12 pm-5 pm.

For more information, contact Marketing Director Laura Rodini at 410-685-3750 Ext. 322 or lrodini@mdhs.org.

Founded in 1844, The Maryland Historical Society Museum and Library occupies 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 Society is home to the original manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner and publishes a quarterly titled "Maryland Historical Magazine."

The Society is located at 201 W. Monument Street and open to the public Wednesday-Saturday from 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday (museum only) 12 pm-5pm.