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Highland Beach on the Chesapeake Bay: Maryland's First African American Incorporated Town

The book tells the story of the history of Highland Beach, this unique community on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay – Maryland’s first African American incorporated town. It includes over 230 photographs, the book also chronicles the life, times, and people of the Beach. Many of the photographs presented are from the early years of Highland Beach, and have never been published before.

By Jack E. Nelson, Raymond L. Langston, and Margo Dean Pinson
8¾” x11¼” x ½”, 160 pages, hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-57864-526-8

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The African Presence in Mexico:
From Yanga to the Present

Companion book to  the African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present Exhibition. For nearly 500 years, the existence and contributions of the African descendents in Mexico have been overlooked. Almost a century after Africans arrived in Mexico in 1519, Yanga, an African leader, founded the first free African township in the Americas (January 6, 1609). Since then, Africans have continued to contribute their cultural, musical and culinary traditions to Mexican culture through the present day. No exhibition has showcased the history, artistic expressions, and practices of the Afro-Mexicans as this one, which includes a comprehensive range of artwork from the 18th century colonial caste paintings to contemporary artistic expressions.

2006, 9 x 11½", 229 pages, soft cover

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Julius Rosenwald
The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck and Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South

In this richly revealing biography of a major, but little-known, American businessman and philanthropist, Peter Ascoli brings to life a portrait of Julius Rosenwald, the man and his work. The son of first-generation German Jewish immigrants, Julius Rosenwald, known to his friends as "JR," apprenticed for his uncles, who were major clothing manufacturers in New York City. It would be as a men's clothing salesperson that JR would make his fateful encounter with Sears, Roebuck and Company, which he eventually fashioned into the greatest mail order firm in the world. He also founded Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. And in the American South Rosenwald helped support the building of the more than 5,300 schools that bore his name. Yet the charitable fund he created during World War I went out of existence in 1948 at his expressed wish. Ascoli provides a fascinating account of Rosenwald's meteoric rise in American business, but he also portrays a man devoted to family and with a desire to help his community that led to a lifelong devotion to philanthropy. He tells about Rosenwald's important philanthropic activities, especially those connected with the Rosenwald schools and Booker T. Washington, and later through the Rosenwald Fund.

By Peter Max Ascoli
Publication Date: May 2006, Indiana University Press,
6" x 9¼", 453 pages, hardcover, ISBN: 978-0253347411

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Negro League Poster

Companion Poster to the “Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia” Exhibition. Limited Edition

From left: Catcher's mask, baseballs, Adirondack bat, "Black Diamonds" DVD, and leather mitt, ca 1950s: collection of Willliam S. Keyes; Louisville slugger bat: Negro League Legends Hall of Fame; Washington Homestead Grays photograph: Art Carter Papers, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University; Grays reproduction jersey; Baseball shoe: collection of Steven M. Cummings.

Photograph by Steven M. Cummings
35” wide x 24" high

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The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum 40th Anniversary Calendar, 2007-2008

Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum 40th Anniversary Calendar marks the Museum’s 40th year in existence, which was celebrated from September 2007 to September 2008. The calendar shares the history of the museum and includes various black & white and color photographs of paintings, art, and objects from the Museum’s collection.

Created by Anacostia Community Museum
9” x 9” x 9” x 1/8”, 38 pages

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