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THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 22th Annual Edition, 1934-1935
Volume 512, Page 1   View pdf image (33K)
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SAMUEL R. MORSELL

Executive Secretary, Druid Hill Avenue
Branch Y. M. C. A.

To Mr. Morsell has fallen the
lot of giving guidance, during the
depression period, to the Young
Men's Christian Association of the
city of his birth, public school
training, and five - year teaching
career. His appointment four years
ago as executive secretary of the
Druid Hill Avenue Branch, which,

for several years prior to 1901,
when he entered Oberlin College,
Ohio, he had served as an active
board member, was the culmina-
tion of twenty-four years of service
as an Association secretary. He
began in 1907 as general secretary
of the Goffe Street Y. M. C. A.,
New Haven, Conn., and served
nineteen years as executive secre-
tary and "builder" of the new
$274, 000 Centre Avenue Branch
building in Pittsburgh, Pa., and a
year in White Plains, N. Y., where
he organized the work among our
group. It was at this famous seat
of Westchester County, New York,
that Morsell's refusal to co-operate
with his white board of directors
in their efforts to appease local
residential race segregationists
led to the loss of his position there.

The local "Y" executive, after
graduation at Oberlin College,
spent three years at Yale Univer-
sity, receiving his B. D. degree in
1910 from the Divinity School,
where in his first year he was win-
ner of the second Mersick prize.

In 1927 Mr. Morsell was ap-
pointed by Governor John Fisher
of Pennsylvania to represent West-
ern Pennsylvania on the State
Commission which recently erected
the $50, 000 Colored Soldiers Statue
in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia.

DR. FRANCIS M. WOOD

Director of Colored Schools
Baltimore, Maryland

The growth of the colored
schools of Baltimore City during
the past nine years has been un-
usually rapid and gratifying. In-
creased enrollment and present
social demands have made neces-
sary additional school facilities and
improved classroom instruction.

Much of this growth may be

traced to the able leadership of
Dr. Francis M. Wood, who by his
daily professional life has set for
those who serve under him an ex-
ample worthy of emulation.

His industry has inspired others
to be industrious. His approach-
ableness and keen sense of justice
have encouraged many not only to
confide in him, but also to seek his
advice in personal as well as pro-
fessional matters. His fearlessness
has led him to do that which he
thought right and proper despite
opposition. His fairness has in-
sured for every one a square deal.

On July H, 1925, Dr. Wood was
appointed Supervisor of Colored
Public Schools of Baltimore City.
Two years later he was advanced
to the position of Director of
Colored Public Schools of Balti-
more City. At the end of his fifth
year of service a public testimonial
was given him, at which time the
Mayor of the City of Baltimore,
the Board of Superintendents, the
Board of School Commissioners,
teachers, and many other citizens
of the two races were present. On
June 2, 1931, because of his out-
standing accomplishments in the
educational world, Morgan College
conferred upon him the degree of
Doctor of Pedagogy.

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