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Film Stills from Wim Wenders’s “Paris, Texas” c. 1984

Hunter Henderson: “Do you think he still loves her?”

Anne Henderson: “How would I know that, Hunter?”

Hunter: “I think he does.”

Anne: “How can you tell?”

Hunter: “Well, the way he looked at her…”

Anne: “You mean - when he saw her in the movie?”

Hunter: “Yeah, but that’s not her…that’s only her in a movie. A long time ago - in a galaxy far, far away”

Clean Block Campaign winner (foreground) 
Baltimore, Maryland
July 1948
Paul S. Henderson (1899-1988)
4x5 inch black and white negative
Paul Henderson Photograph Collection
Maryland Historical Society
HEN.00.A2-187

In the 1930s, the Afro-American Newspaper launched The Clean Block campaign, an annual event that still exists today. The campaign’s purpose is to improve the appearance of inner-city neighborhoods and aims to reduce crime.

Jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player Eddie Henderson was in his 30s when he debuted on record with Herbie Hancock. Before that he’d become a medical doctor, who went on to specialize in psychiatry, because it left his nights free to play the horn. With Henderson’s new album, Collective Portrait, Fresh Air jazz Critic Kevin Whitehead says that decision is still paying off for him.

Photo by Henry Aderbonojo/TempoMusic Pics

Juanita Jackson Mitchell with her children, school graduation 
University of Maryland
1950
Paul S. Henderson (1899-1988)
4x5 inch acetate negative
Paul Henderson Photograph Collection
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
HEN.00.B1-043

After graduating from Morgan State College (now University) in Baltimore, Juanita Jackson Mitchell graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1931 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. In 1935, Mitchell obtained her Master of Arts in sociology from the same university. In 1950, she became the first African American woman to graduate from University of Maryland Law and the first admitted to the Maryland bar.

Mahalia Jackson singing at Gillis Memorial Church
4016 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland
February 1949
Paul S. Henderson (1899-1988)
4x5 inch acetate negative
Paul Henderson Photograph Collection
Maryland Historical Society
HEN.00.A2-254

Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972) was a famous African American Gospel singer who was referred to as the “Queen of Gospel”. Jackson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was heralded as a singer and Civil Rights activist.

NAACP Meeting 
Baltimore, Maryland
October 1948
Paul S. Henderson (1899-1988)
4x5 inch black and white negative
Paul Henderson Photograph Collection
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
HEN.00.A2.147

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, formed in 1909, is one of the oldest Civil Rights organizations in the U.S.

Royal Theatre
1329 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland
October 1949
Paul S. Henderson (1899-1988)
4x5 inch black and white negative
Paul Henderson Photograph Collection
Maryland Historical Society
HEN.00.B1-001

Once standing on the historically rich Pennsylvania Avenue in west Baltimore, the Royal Theatre was a popular stop for the African American entertainment companies. The Royal was a place for live shows (i.e. Billie Holiday) as well as movies.

Catchers, Elite Giants
Baltimore, Maryland
May 1949
Paul S. Henderson (1899-1988)
4x5 inch acetate negative
Paul Henderson Photograph Collection
Maryland Historical Society
HEN.00.A1-053

The Baltimore Elite Giants were a professional baseball team that played in the Negro Leagues from 1920 until 1950. The team moved to Baltimore from Tennessee in 1938.

Cortez Peters Instructors, Cortez Peters Business School 
Baltimore, Maryland
May 1949
Paul S. Henderson (1899-1988)
4x5 inch acetate negative
Henderson Collection
Maryland Historical Society
HEN.00.A1-075

Cortez Peters Sr. operated the Cortez Peters business schools which were located in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Chicago. The schools were the first African American-owned schools in their field. The schools trained approximately 45,000 pupils.

Male vocalist at microphone
October 1950
Paul S. Henderson (1899-1988)
4x5 inch black and white negative
Paul Henderson Photograph Collection
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
HEN.00.A2-249

This image was in a batch along with photographs of Doug’s Blue Notes band. Email imagingservices@mdhs.org if you can identify this singer.

Bowie, women watching television
Bowie, Maryland
1953
Paul S. Henderson (1899-1988)
4x5 inch acetate negative
Henderson Collection
Maryland Historical Society
HEN.00.B2-232

The Baltimore Association for the Moral and Educational Improvement of Colored People (organized in 1864) sponsored classes for the African American community of Baltimore, which would eventually be known as the Baltimore Normal School. After 1883, it was reorganized solely as a normal school for training African American teachers. After gaining permanent status and funding, in 1914 it was known as the Maryland Normal and Industrial School at Bowie. In 1963, a liberal arts program began and the name was changed to Bowie State College. In 1988, it obtained university status.