The History of Milwaukee and its Government, Photograph 1

"Remember When? City Hall was new?" This photo, from the Milwaukee Public Library collection (courtesy of Mrs. Albert W. Dittmar), was featured in the Green Sheet section of The Milwaukee Journal on February 17, 1971. The caption, written by library staff, continued: "Putting the finishing touches on the new City Hall in 1896, this group stopped long enough to have a picture taken along the side of the building. Designed by architects Koch and Esser, the granite, brick and limestone City Hall cost $1 million. Note that several of the workers in this picture are African-American men. The 1900 census indicated there were 862 Negroes in Milwaukee, or 0.3% of a population of 285,315 persons. Only one man, Henry Cullen (front row, third from left) has been identified." The Milwaukee Public Library Humanities staff would welcome any further information or identification of other individuals in the photograph.


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