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Occupations in 1895

African American occupations in 1895 Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


City of Cumberland and Allegany County Directory, 1895-96 published by Bell Publishers of Baltimore lists the names, occupations and residences of heads of households in Allegany County, Maryland in 1895.

The list of abbreviations notes Names of Colored Persons marked with an Asterisk, thus, *. In the transcription of the text, the asterisk has been replaced by '(Colored)' to make searching for African-Americans easier.

There are a significant number of African-American miners in Frostburg. African-American barbers, blacksmiths, grocers, saloon owners are listed among the Cumberland business owners. Ellen Johnson, an African-American woman, owned a grocery store on 16 Ann and Helen Harvey, laundress, 183 Madison.

Mary Hoye Public School on Independence in Cumberland and a Public School in Westernport were denoted for African-American students. Cumberland also lists a number of churches marked as African-American, and there were African-American secret societies, like the Star of the West Lodge No 26, [colored] A F and A M.

The entire directory can be found at Allegany County 1895 Directory


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Bell Publishing Company, Baltimore


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Allegany College of Maryland

African Americans, History; Allegany County (Md.), History.

Allegany County (Md.), 1890-2008

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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