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National Negro Business League, 1943

On this day, August 25, 1943

The National Negro Business League's 43rd Annual Conference began in Baltimore, Maryland (August 25-27)

The city first hosted the conference in 1908 at the historic Sharp Street Methodist Church and the Richmond Market Armory.

Formerly enslaved author, orator, and civil rights leader Booker T. Washington delivered an opening address, along with Dr. J.H.N. Waring, the principal of the Colored High School; Harry T. Pratt (the fourth vice president of the League) and the Honorable James Carroll Napier, who served as Register of the Treasury from 1911-1913 and was one of only 5 African Americans to have their signatures on currency.

In 1943, some of the notable speakers in this rare booklet included Claude Barnett, founder of the Associated Negro Press, Charlotte Hawkins Brosn, founder of the Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina and Willard W. Allen, real estate agent, insurance salesman, and Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Masons.

The theme of the conference was "Negro Business Now and In The Post-War Period".

Maybe in the future, when you're in the area you'll think about the prominent people who have visited Old West Baltimore.

Nanny Jack & Co Archives has an extensive collection of Negro, Black, Colored, Afro American, and African American business content from Baltimore and beyond ✊🏾

Items in the collage (left to right):

1) 1943 National Negro Business League booklet

2) Cabinet card of Booker T. Washington

3) The Negro in Business book by Booker T. Washington, 1907

Courtesy of Nanny Jack & Co Archives

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