Project Gado Announces New Collection of Historical Images in Celebration of Black History Month

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Project Gado, a technology startup digitizing and sharing the world’s visual history, today announced a new collection of African American historical images in celebration of Black History Month.

Project Gado, a technology startup digitizing and sharing the world’s visual history, today announced a new collection of African American historical images in celebration of Black History Month. Since 2010, Project Gado has scanned 125,000 images of an estimated 1.5 million photos in the Archives of the Afro American Newspapers in Baltimore, Maryland. Scholars have called this collection one of the best black history collections in the world. In partnership with the Afro, these Project Gado-digitized images are now available for licensing on Getty Images (, one of the world’s leading digital media companies.

“We are pleased to share these photos in partnership with the Afro American Newspapers in time for Black History Month,” said Thomas Smith, Founder of Project Gado. “Our mission is to digitize and share the world’s visual history, and now anyone with an internet connection has unprecedented access to this treasure trove of American History images. We hope that this collection will serve as a resource for journalists creating stories for Black History Month in both print and online publications, television, and film.”

The Afro Newspaper/Gado collection includes more than two thousand images ( of people and events in celebration of Black History Month. Aretha Franklin, Coretta Scott King, Harry Belafonte, Jackie Robinson, the Jacksons, Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali, and Whoopi Goldberg, are just some of the African American civil rights activists, entertainers, and sports figures represented in this collection. In addition, “10 Rediscovered African American History Images” ( highlights rarely seen historical images from the pages of the Afro-American Newspaper.

The Afro Newspaper/Gado collection is not just about famous people. Many of the photos feature events that celebrate the community and individuals, like this image of fans of the Baltimore Colts football team in 1956. In addition, there are Harlem Dance Theatre photos of an African American male dancer and female dancer performing at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York in 1997, sports photos of American former baseball player Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers greeting Fidel Castro at the Overseas Press Club Luncheon in New York in 1959, and World War II photos of African American soldier Eddie Diamond shaking hands with a white officer after becoming the first African American selected for the Officers Training College in 1942.

Project Gado has developed the Gado 2, an open source robot that digitizes photographs for small archives, newspapers, photographers, and individuals. Their revolutionary scanning technology is now used all over the world from Santa Ana, California to Baltimore, Maryland to Aalto University in Finland. For more information on how to partner with Project Gado, please contact Thomas Smith at info(at)projectgado(dot)org.


About Project Gado

Project Gado is digitizing and sharing the world's visual history. Project Gado is currently partnered with the Afro American Newspapers, the Emerging Technology Centers, Aalto University in Finland, and Getty Images. Project Gado is sponsored in part by the Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries. For more information on Project Gado, please visit us on the web at, Like Us on Facebook at and Follow Us on Twitter at

About Getty Images

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