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Introduction to Flower of the Forest

Dr. Agnes Kane Callum, for whom the Baltimore Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society is named, is an internationally respected researcher, genealogist and historian.  A Fulbright Scholar, who studied in Ghana and Nigeria, she earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Morgan State University and was awarded an honorary doctorate by St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

In addition to publishing books on her family history and the history of St. Mary’s and Anne Arundel Counties in Maryland, Dr. Callum has authored books about the United States Colored Troops and has written the history of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, the oldest African American Catholic parish in the United States.

From 1977 until 2002, Dr. Callum published an annual journal of African American history and genealogy.  She named the publication Flower of the Forest for the plantation in St. Mary’s County, Maryland where her maternal ancestors lived after Emancipation.  It is in her honor and in memory of her ancestors that the Baltimore Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society has named their online journal Flower of the Forest.

Our journal, which accepts entries from members of the Agnes Kane Callum Chapter of AAHGS, will be published bi-monthly beginning in December 2012 at



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