"He is a Negro Still": The Poetry of Solomon Brown

An excerpt from "He is a Negro Still," by Solomon G. Brown, the Smithsonian's first African American employee. 

Solomon Brown—who became, at just 23 years old, the Smithsonian’s first African American employee—had a long career that spanned the early days of the Smithsonian and the development of the U.S. National Museum. A true Renaissance man, Brown was also a gifted naturalist, illustrator, community leader, and poet. One of his most powerful pieces of verse was written in 1891, called “He Is a Negro Still.” 

An excerpt from He is a Negro Still, by Solomon G. Brown.

Learn more about Brown’s life and work with the Smithsonian, and read the poem in full, in our web exhibit “African American Contributions to the Smithsonian: Challenges and Achievements.”

Related Resources

The Poetry of Solomon Brown, The Bigger Picture, Smithsonian Institution Archives 

Solomon G. Brown, Renaissance Man, The Bigger Picture, Smithsonian Institution Archives 

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