PARKVILLE, MD---For Michelle Baylor Caldwell, the reveal of the official portrait of her father, the Honorable Solomon Baylor, was a moment filled with emotion.
"When I saw it initially, the tears flowed because it looks as if my dad could just start speaking from the canvass," described Ms. Caldwell. "To share this event with family and friends was so special to me."
The unveiling occurred during the 2013 Term of Court Ceremony sponsored by the Bar Association of Baltimore City and the Baltimore Courthouse and Law Museum Foundation on March 19th. The dedication of the portrait of Judge Baylor was followed with remarks by the Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland.
Ms. Caldwell, a resident of Oak Crest retirement community, noted that "my father's journey from King William County Virginia to this courthouse and beyond was phenomenal to say the least. The one constant for my dad was his love and support of family."
Judge Baylor attended Coppin State College, earned his LLB from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1951 and was admitted to the Court of Appeals of Maryland in 1953.
During World War II, he bravely served his nation as a soldier in the U.S. Army, stationed in the European theater.
Judge Baylor was an Assistant City Solicitor before his appointment to the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City in 1970, where he served as an Associate Judge until his appointment to the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City (predecessor to the Circuit Court of Baltimore City) in 1977.
Like his daughter, Judge Baylor resided with his wife, Ernestein Walker Baylor, at Oak Crest later in life.
Judge Baylor received the Trailblazer Award from his alma mater, the University of Maryland Law School, in 2003. "At the end of his eloquent remarks, my father quoted the Gospel song 'If I Can Help Somebody.' The essence of the lyrics says that if one goes through life and can help somebody, then his living is not in vain. I am thankful to God that that my dad's life was not in vain," said Ms. Caldwell.
The portrait was painted by Mr. Simmie Knox and will be displayed at the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse.
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