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Cumberland, Maryland (Black Population)

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The Black people of Cumberland had their own fraternal orders, such as the Elks, Masons, and Knights of Pythias. Also, there was an order known as the Sons of Labor. None of these exist today. As for bands and orchestras, there was the First Western Maryland Band. Orchestras were Nelson Denson's, Randolph Bromery's, Billy Powell's, and the Mid-Night Bell Hops, and Mail's Happy Six. In later years, Buck Trimble had an orchestra. None of the above exist today. The Black ex-servicemen of Cumberland have their own American Legion, known as Fulton Myers post #153, with its own clubhouse and social quarters at 158 North Mechanic Street. There is also a Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.


During July, 1899, a one-half mile bicycle race for Black riders was held at the Tri-State Race Track in South Cumberland. A $5.00 prize was won by Alfred L. Dudley. The second prize of $2.50 went to Joseph Trent. Winner's time for the one-half mile was 1 minute, 22 1/2 seconds.

On June 7, 1899, a sparring carnival and athletic exhibition, under the auspices of the Cumberland Athletic Club, was held at the Academy of Music. The first bout of three rounds was by two Black boys, Theodore Taylor and Laws on Jones. The affair was declared a draw. In a six round bout, Charles Robinson and Ben Johnson, both black, of Cumberland, gave an exciting exhibition. Robinson knocked Johnson down three times in the first round. In the second round Johnson scored a series of knock downs over Robinson. The fight was stopped at the start of round three when Robinson refused to face Johnson. The main event was between David Hall, a black barber of Rochester, Pennsylvania,


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

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

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