A list of cool Marylanders on a cold day

The National Portrait Gallery has put together an exhibit of the 100 coolest Americans in history, people who "created an original persona without precedent in American culture." 

Naturally, Maryland is well-represented in the exhibit "American Cool," featuring 100 photographs of artistic icons on display through Sept. 7. 


Five people with Maryland roots make the list:

Abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) 

Baltimore Sun columnist and language scholar H. L. Mencken (1880- 1956) 

Jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915-1959)

Rocker Frank Zappa (1940-1993)

Rapper Tupac Shakur (1971-1996)


And two people with Maryland roots make the also ran list:

Rocker Joan Jett (b. 1958)

Filmmaker John Waters  (b. 1946)


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