In honor of Black History Month, we look back at figures connected to Maryland by birth or residence.

Below is The Baltimore Sun's obituary for James E. Lewis, a prominent sculptor and arts advocate at Morgan State University. The article was originally

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown vs. Board of Education that school segregation must end, Thurgood Marshall stood with his colleagues on the court

Clarence H. Du Burns was a self-made politician who rose through grass-roots involvement in his native East Baltimore to become the city's first black mayor.

It's not known by many that NAACP founder W.E.B. Du Bois was a Baltimore resident for two decades.

Baltimore drummer William Henry "Chick" Webb became a jazz legend.

Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange founded the Oblate Sisters of Providence, established to help African-American women enter the Catholic Church.

Dr. Lillie May Carroll Jackson led the Maryland NAACP from its founding in 1942 until 1962.

Baltimore native and boxer Joe Gans was known as the "greatest lightweight who ever lived" before he died of tuberculosis in 1910 at age 35.

Celebrate Black History Month by browsing pictures of notable Maryland African-Americans.