Harford History

Black Marylanders meet in Baltimore

July 27, 2008

The first Maryland statewide convention of the black population met from July 27-29, 1852 at Washington Hall in Baltimore. Six delegates from Harford County were among 43 participants who met to address "repressive measures which had been under discussion in the legislature for their expatriation and suppression." The delegates sought to chart their own futures as residents of Maryland. They were divided among those in favor of emigration to Africa, mainly those delegates from southern Maryland, and those from the Baltimore area who were against the colonization of other countries by African-Americans.

When the convention ended, committees had been formed to create local societies for the establishment of schools for black children and to gather further information on the pros and cons of emigration to Liberia, Trinidad, Haiti and Canada.

Source: The Black Experience in Maryland: 1634-1900 by Morris A. Radoff

Compiled by the staff of the Harford County Public Library

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