Annapolis honors 'living landmarks'

Four people will be honored in Annapolis on Monday, all recipients of this year’s Mayor’s Living Landmarks Award for sustained commitment to Annapolis’ cultural heritage.

The honorees are Peg Bednarsky, innkeeper at the Historic Inns of Annapolis; former Alderman Richard Israel; Thelma Sparks, an African-American teacher who helped integrate Anne Arundel County’s public school system; and Lester Trott, an advertising man who helped launch the Annapolis boat shows and promoted tourism.

Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen said he created the awards a few years ago to honor people who have made a long-term commitment to promoting the city’s history and culture.

“The four folks who we are recognizing this year, in their own way, have contributed in a major way,” Cohen said. “It’s not necessarily through historic preservation directly. In some ways, it is by breathing life into the history and making Annapolis’ history current.”

The honorees will be guests at a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Governor Calvert House at 58 State Circle. The awards will be presented by Cohen and the Annapolis Heritage Commission.

-- Pamela Wood

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