The African-American History of Harford County Project is inspired by Campaign 42, a movement formed to address social and racial injustice. Campaign 42's hope is to assist women and minorities interested in serving in local government. The African-American pamphlets are written to highlight the achievements, contributions and struggles of local African-Americans who live or lived in Harford County by sharing their history with others.
Our inspiration comes from No. 42, Jackie Robinson, who
was the first black man to break the color barrier in
professional baseball in 1947.
The untold history of the contributions of African Americans remains hidden from our history books. In Harford County, Maryland that history was oral and dying. Volunteers in the county devised a method to address that concern for their community.
The Harford County community was slow to accept integration and African Americans in the county now see the need to affirm the important contributions of this community and its people. It is vital for the the Harford County community to become aware of AA history and become appreciative of its history and impact.
Since 2016, the African American History of Harford County Project (AAHHCP) Committee has been successful in creating and publishing pamphlets that describe important people, groups or events. The group has learned to:
access and utilize archives and official documents to identify information.
engage in committee discussions to generate a list of people and events to explore,
develop a process for writing and revising, and
utilize a strategy for reaching the African American community and other interested individuals with information
The African American History Project wishes to leave a lasting legacy for future generations.
African-American History of Harford County Project in the News
Volunteers Bolster AA History in Harford Co.; The Baltimore Sun; 27-jun-2016
Women's History Month; Aegis; 17-mar-2017
2017 Historic Preservation Awards; Harford County Government; 18-may-2017
Bridge memorializes CW Soldier, Har. Co. Medal of Honor recipient; APGNEWS; 16-nov-2017
Harford Brown Bag Lunch at Historical Society; HarfordsHeart calendar; 13-feb-2018
Harford Magazine; Summer 2018 "Women of Influence"