Paul Henderson Photographs

Protesting Ford's Theatre Jim Crow admission policy. Large format film negative (cropped), Paul Henderson, ca. 1951. Maryland Historical Society, HEN.00.A2-156.
Protesting Ford’s Theatre Jim Crow admission policy. Large format film negative (cropped), Paul Henderson, ca. 1951. Maryland Historical Society, HEN.00.A2-156.

Title: Paul Henderson Photographs
Platform: WordPress
Context: The site was developed to accompany a museum exhibition I curated at the Maryland Historical Society. The exhibition opened with a panel discussion on Civil Rights, the Henderson Photograph Collection, and the McKeldin-Jackson Oral History Project.
Description: Paul Henderson was a photojournalist for the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper. His collection of over 7,000 large format black and white negatives went to MdHS and remained unprocessed and unusable by the public. After realizing how quickly the collection was disintegrating, I decided to process the collection in 2010.

With one semester of help from a Towson University Historic Preservation class, and dedicated interns thereafter, the collection is completely available for research. During processing, it became apparent that Henderson’s work provided a never-before-seen window into Baltimore’s black history. He was present for NAACP meetings and protests, political functions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities graduations, sporting events, etc. in Maryland, and photographed countless members of the community.

I created videos for the site using audio from MdHS’s McKeldin-Jackson Oral History Project and Henderson’s photographs:

Vernon Dobson on the leadership of the Baltimore Civil Rights Movement; Photos by Paul Henderson from Maryland Historical Society on Vimeo.