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Black History photo

Paul Henderson Exhibit


Paul Henderson: Photographs from the Civil Rights Era

February 4 - May 22, 2020

Exhibition Information

Opening Reception:
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 4-6 p.m.
Free and open to the public in the Student Center lobby

Student Center, lobby (View Campus Map)

Student Center Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Bowie State is excited to host the "Paul Henderson: Photographs from the Civil Rights Era," a traveling exhibition from the Maryland Historical Society, featuring select prints from one of the Baltimore Afro-American’s first photographers.

As a staff and freelance photographer, Henderson captured images reflective of everday African-American life in Maryland during his 36-year career. His photographs include those of notable figures such as civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall, actress/singer Pearl Bailey, performer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson, iconic gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and the Baltimore activist known as Maryland’s “mother of civil rights,” Dr. Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson. The Bowie State exhibition represents a small number of the people captured within the Henderson Collection, containing more than 7,000 negatives and prints. A majority of the Paul Henderson Photograph Collection's photo subjects remain unidentified, providing the opportunity for observers to assist the Maryland Historical Society with identifying people, places and events pictured in the collection.