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Agnes K. Callum

Agnes K. Callum

Agnes Kane Callum, a prominent genealogist who devoted years of research to Maryland's African-American history, died Wednesday at the Green House Residences of complications from Parkinson's disease. The former East Baltimore resident was 90.

Mrs. Callum's paternal grandfather, Henry Kane was born a slave at Sotterley, a tobacco plantation in Hollywood, St. Mary's County, in 1860. She helped many people trace ancestors who had been held in slavery.

Born Agnes Emma Kane in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Phillip Moten Kane and Mary Gough Kane. She attended Dunbar High School until the 11th grade. As a young woman she sold cosmetics for the black-owned Beauty Queen Co. She...