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Maryland Avenue in Annapolis to be dedicated as 'Peggy Kimbo Way'

For decades, Ethelda "Miss Peggy" Kimbo was a beloved Annapolitan who befriended midshipmen and charmed diners at the old Little Campus Inn.

Her legacy will be commemorated in Annapolis on Saturday, when a stretch of Maryland Avenue will be designated as "Peggy Kimbo Way."

Kimbo grew up in the area and worked at the Little Campus Inn, now Galway Bay. The kitchen at Galway Bay still serves "Miss Peggy's crab cakes," which the restaurant says are made "from Miss Peggy's old Annapolis recipe."

Kimbo also helped African-American midshipmen adapt to life at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. She was so beloved at the academy that she was named an honorary member of the Class of 1958.

Kimbo died in 2011 at the age of 81. Earlier this year, the Annapolis City Council approved a resolution to give Maryland Avenue the honorary name of Peggy Kimbo Way.

"Peggy Kimbo lived a life that made a difference to people from all walks of life, not seeing color, wealth, or power but rather individuals deserving respect and kindness," the resolution read.

A sign at the intersection of Maryland Avenue and State Circle will be unveiled at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Participants in the ceremony will include local elected officials and representatives from the Navy, Galway Bay and the Kimbo family.

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