The Davis Room is excited about partnering with the Banneker-Douglass Museum in its year long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. The Commission on African American History and Culture was the first nationally established ethnic commission dedicated to exploring the history, culture and contribution of a designated population.
The Commission was formed through the scholarship and legislative action of Morgan State University personalities. Historians Dr. Benjamin A. Quarles and Dr. Roland McConnell framed the historical contributions of African Americans to Maryland. Dr. Quarles served as the first chairman of the Commission and Dr. McConnell served as the second chairman. The Honorable State Senator Verda F. Welcome, Morgan alumnae class of 1939, crafted the legislation within the state government to make the academic claims have state-wide appeal.
In celebration of this collective effort the Banneker-Douglass Museum is hosting an exhibition: Verda's Place from April to December 2019. A number of objects and artifacts from the Davis Room's Verda Welcome collection are featured in the exhibition. The online catalog provides a glimpse into the exhibition's items. Verda's Place Exhibition Catalogue.
Lathan Algerna Windley, Ph.D. was an Associate Professor of History at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. He taught at Morgan State from 1963 until his death in 1982 and was widely revered as a scholar, teacher and colleague. . In April 2018 Dr. Flossie Windley, his wife, in concert with Dr. Monica Windley Walker and Rodney Walker, his children selected the Davis Room as the permanent home for the Lathan A. Windley collection. The current Davis Room installation exhibits items from his collection that demonstrate his scholarship and commitment to academic excellence. The exhibition will run from April 17 – September 23, 2019.
Ms. Davis was the first academically trained librarian and second alumna hired at Morgan in 1926. She served the University for 40 years. During her tenure she grew the collection from 7,000 volumes to over 100,000 volumes of books. In addition she sought and acquired manuscript collections to augment historical research and understanding. In 1941 she received assistance from Dr. Roland C. McConnell. Dr. McConnell, professor of history at Morgan, also worked at the National Archives and sought to integrate primary sources into the classroom and library at Morgan.
The Davis Room also houses all available Prometheans, Morgan yearbooks 1950-2013, Morgan dissertations and theses, as well as, The Spokesman student newspaper 1940s-2010s. Lastly, there are select historical faculty publications.
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