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Maryland Biographies

As a result of many years of research and investigation, embracing various volumes, ecclesiastical journals, private letters, as well as information received from the lips of some of the characters mentioned, the author has accumulated considerable data bearing upon the lives of colored men, natives of the State of Maryland, which, in his opinion, ought to be known and studied by the rising generation of colored people of Maryland. It is his belief that the appearance of such a volume, recording the annals of the "Men of Maryland'' might incite others, lovers of the historical doings of the race, to compile like volumes, with respect to notable and distinguished colored men.

We have undertaken to present, in this volume, in addition to the historical sketches given, some important data throwing light upon the history of "black slaves,'' and "free blacks," in Maryland: a clear statement of the great issue of the Civil War: a few extracts from the writings of some of the characters mentioned in the book, and copies of two most important letters which made their appearance in the year 1904, in connection with the effort to introduce "disfranchisement" and "jim-crow" conditions into this State. His Eminence James Cardinal Gibbons, of the Roman Catholic Church, is the author of one of these letters, while the remaining one is from the pen of one of Maryland's most distinguished citizens, the Hon. Charles J. Bonaparte, a former Attorney-General of the United States.

Notwithstanding the immense labor involved, extending over many years, in collecting the matter for this volume, the work has afforded the author the keenest pleasure and delight. If we have succeeded in bringing together such informing and cheering facts, with respect to the past history of our people in Maryland, as will stimulate a greater appreciation for the literature of the Colored race we shall feel that our task has not been in vain.

 Maryland AHGP

Source: Men of Maryland, By Rev. George F. Bragg, D. D., Church Advocate Press, Copyrighted, 1914.

 
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