History of African-Americans in Maryland

      Lutherville Historical Colored School                                             #24 Museum                                                                                 1426 School Lane                                                               Lutherville , MD 21093                                           

                              

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"When Walter Brown trudged down the unpaved lane to Colored School No. 24 in Lutherville in 1918, he joined generations of black children who were taught in segregated facilities.But that didn't stop the Lutherville children from learning their ABCs from teachers such as stern Miss Bea, who summoned the children by vigorously ringing a bell, or Mr. Harris, who kept his charges in line with the whack of a ruler." (Baltimore Sunpapers article, Susan Loudermilk, June 20, 1998.)


 "When Walter Brown trudged down the unpaved lane to Colored School No. 24 in Lutherville in 1918, he joined generations of black children who were taught in segregated facilities.But that didn't stop the Lutherville children from learning their ABCs from teachers such as stern Miss Bea, who summoned the children by vigorously ringing a bell, or Mr. Harris, who kept his charges in line with the whack of a ruler." (Baltimore Sunpapers article, Susan Loudermilk, June 20, 1998.)








 

 

 

                Norman Wesley Brown. D.D. 

              Born October 20, 1876 in Harford County Maryland

His mother was given away as a wedding present during the days of slavery from Ellicott City Maryland to Harford county. Her father Robert Johnson and Charles Bell were in the organization of the A.M.E church at Randallstown MD about 1836. His father and his fathers father were in the organization of the AME church in Harford County.  

At the age of seven he was librarian in sunday school after which he was a teacher and superintendant. He was converted November 3 1890 under the pastorate of Rev. MW Wilson. He went to Baltimore September 1891 and joined Trinity AME church under the pastorate of Rev. JW Norris who the following April appointed him class leader. He was licensed to preach by Rev. JH Cullett April 1895 joined the Baltimore Conference 1897, Bishop Handy presiding was ordained deacon by Bishop Handy in 1897 and ordained elder by Bishop Lee. 
Took the normal course at Morgan College, baltimore ; theological course at Howard University and corresponding scientific course from Chicago University. Presented thesis upon the subject " Immortality of the Soul" to the faculty of Morris Brown College Atlanta Ga. and received the degree of Doctor of Divinity.  Served the following appointments: Patuxant Circuit, baltimore conference: Winchester four years ; transferred to the Virginia conference.and statione dat Trinity Church Norfolk where in five years he paid $1225 more on the bonded indebtness than six pastors had paid in ten years before and greatly increased the membership put in new carpet, electric lights bought a new parsonage and put $450 gravelithic wall and walkway around the church. Spent one year at John M Brown church in the same city.
Though he was out of church nine Sundays on account of sickness, raised $1135 and greatly increased church membership.
"At the age of seven he was librarian in sunday school after which he was a teacher and superintendant. He was converted November 3 1890 under the pastorate of Rev. MW Wilson. He went to Baltimore September 1891 and joined Trinity AME church under the pastorate of Rev. JW Norris who the following April appointed him class leader. He was licensed to preach by Rev. JH Cullett April 1895 joined the Baltimore Conference 1897, Bishop Handy presiding was ordained deacon by Bishop Handy in 1897 and ordained elder by Bishop Lee." 
"At the age of seven he was librarian in sunday school after which he was a teacher and superintendant. He was converted November 3 1890 under the pastorate of Rev. MW Wilson. He went to Baltimore September 1891 and joined Trinity AME church under the pastorate of Rev. JW Norris who the following April appointed him class leader. He was licensed to preach by Rev. JH Cullett April 1895 joined the Baltimore Conference 1897, Bishop Handy presiding was ordained deacon by Bishop Handy in 1897 and ordained elder by Bishop Lee." 
 "At the age of seven he was librarian in sunday school after which he was a teacher and superintendant. He was converted November 3 1890 under the pastorate of Rev. MW Wilson. He went to Baltimore September 1891 and joined Trinity AME church under the pastorate of Rev. JW Norris who the following April appointed him class leader. He was licensed to preach by Rev. JH Cullett April 1895 joined the Baltimore Conference 1897, Bishop Handy presiding was ordained deacon by Bishop Handy in 1897 and ordained elder by Bishop Lee." - ( The Centennial Encyclopedia of the African Methodist Episcopal Church).                                                             
  • Morgan State University, Howard University,  Classes of 1896 and       1900 
  • President Norfolk A. M. E. Preachers' Meeting; Pres. Negro Business League, Newport News; member Ex. Com.
  • Chaplain:Wilberforce University
  • Kittrell College Delegate to International CE  Conventions Atlantic City, Los Angeles                  

      

              Many of his family members migrated to Lutherville

 

         More Maryland History Makers       

 

Frances Ellen Watkins- 1825-1911 Author/Orator/Abolitionist

 Born in Baltimore, Frances was a journalist, fiction writer and activist. Frances' mother passed when Frances was 3 years old, after that, she was raised by her aunt and uncle. Her uncle ran a school called the Academy for Negro Youth where she attended until the age of 13. While working as a domestic in a Quaker household, she had access to a wide range of literature. Frances became a teacher and after teaching for two years in Ohio and Pennsylvania, she began a career as a speaker on the abolitionist circuit. She developed a reputation as the mother of African American journalism because of her frequent articles in anti-slavery newspapers and she helped slaves escape through the Underground Railroad.

 

 

Henry Highland Garnet

Born into slavery- escaped to freedom, became a well educated orator, abolitionist and clergyman.

 

 

 Jada Pinkett-Smith

                                               Actress/producer

 

 

                               Elijah Cummings

              U.S Congressman

 

                                                                                                                                                                     

                                  Michael Steele

                  First African-American to Chair the Republican National                                                                 Committee 

                         Kweisi Mfume

            Former U.S Congressman and former head of the NAACP 

                                                                                            

                        Billie Holiday

                                                Jazz Singer 

 

 

                                     Kevin Clash

                                   Puppeteer/voice of Elmo and others

 

 

  

  Monique

Actress/Comedian 

  

  Robert Curbeam

Astronaut 

 

 

Vulcan Blazers

Firefighters Organization 

 

 Vanguard Justice Society

Police Organization

 

 

 

 

 

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