On January 8, 1908, newly elected Governor Austin Crothers, a former judge, prosecutor, and state senator, declared it his administration’s “high and momentous obligation” to “eliminate the illiterate and irresponsible” Black voters from Maryland’s electorate. Governor Crothers expressed his administration’s commitment to “secure and safeguard” the right to vote “in the hands of our white […]

Maryland Governor Vows to Disenfranchise Black Voters