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Edward Fisher, "The Colored Blacksmith"

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Edward Fisher, "The Colored Blacksmith"

Edward Fisher was born in 1830 and died on June 6, 1905. A notice in the Cumberland Evening Times of June 7, 1905 reads as follows:

The funeral of Edward Fisher, the colored blacksmith, was attended by a large congregation yesterday afternoon. The service was conducted in Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Decatur Street and the burial was in Sumner cemetery. The deceased was 75 years old and was one of the best known colored men in the city.

An 1895 city directory identifies Edward Fisher, blacksmith, residing at 234 Bedford Street. Also residing at that address was Douglas Fisher, a coachman, and Harry Fisher, whose occupation was listed as a driver. Each of these gentleman had an asterisk placed before their name indicating the fact that they were "colored persons".

The photograph above is from the early 1900s. It depicts the lower end of Bedford Street, the street upon which the Fisher residence was located.


Photograph from the collection of Angela and Albert Feldstein

City of Cumberland and Allegany County Directory, 1895-96, published by Bell Publishers of Baltimore, and Deborah Skelley

Collection Location:
Allegany County, 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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