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Town of Leonardtown Celebrates Black History Month by Honoring Robert H. McNeill

The Leonardtown Arts & Entertainment District is proud to announce a special edition of the Leonardtown A&E Artist Spotlight series, a virtual show that highlights significant contributions to art and entertainment in Leonardtown and throughout Southern Maryland, featuring the life and work of renowned American Photographer, Robert H. McNeill. Mr. McNeill, who was born and raised in Washington, DC, and frequently visited and vacationed with his family in St. Mary’s County, is known for his prolific photography that chronicled the depression era of the 30’s and 40’s. His work captured poignant moments in history depicting social injustice, political movements as well as the amazing culture and undeniable glamor of the period identified as the Harlem Renaissance. The fascinating two-part episode, partially filmed at and funded in part by the St. Mary’s County Arts Council, focuses on how McNeill became a photojournalist including becoming fascinated with the photography process during a science class at the acclaimed Dunbar High School, receiving work through President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Federal Writer’s Project, which was created to provide work for struggling artists during the Great Depression, and how he went on to capture iconic images of notable figures of the depression era. The St. Mary’s […]

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