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Imagine a life in which you cannot read or write, where you sign your name with an X to vote, exchange money or buy land. This was the reality for many African Americans in Maryland before and during Reconstruction, the period of readjustment from 1856...
Tags: Family, Reconstruction, African Americans, Elections
The idea for Jerdine Nolen’s first book sprang from an uneventful summer afternoon almost 25 years ago spent scrubbing the toilet. “I was cleaning my bathroom, and this little voice said, ‘Harvey Potter was a very strange fellow indeed,...
Editor's note: Throughout its history, Harford County has been conflicted when it comes to its citizens' attitudes about racial equality and the relationship between its white and black communities. Sharply divided over the issue of slavery before, during...
In the moment it took him to put one foot into the house, with the other foot still outside beyond the storm door, the plumber told me about the slave quarters he had seen in western Howard County. "Oh yeah," he said, raising the right foot from the...
Patterson High School became the latest political battleground in the effort to rebuild Baltimore's decrepit school infrastructure this week, with students throwing their support behind a proposed bottle tax that could help raise about $300 million for...
They sit hunched over a single needlepoint canvas that is bathed in astoundingly bright light, fingers flying. "Where am I? My needle is under here," Joy Wiley of Lothian says to herself as she stops to examine her work while feeling around beneath the...
Tags: Crofton, Carrollton, Samuel Chase, Annapolis, The Heritage
The illuminated duck will drop over Havre de Grace, Saturday, Dec. 31, with fireworks on the Havre de Grace Middle School grounds on Lewis Lane. Thank you Susquehanna Hose Company volunteers for continuing this tradition in Havre de Grace. Happy New Year...
If most plays about race tackle that touchy topic in literally black-and-white terms, Dael Orlandersmith's 2002 play "Yellowman" favors shades of black. Brace yourself as the playwright's skin-deep insights soon go deeper in a fine Rep Stage production....
A quilt made by a prominent African-American textile artist and teacher was stolen during a burglary this month from the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Oella, where it was on loan. The red-and-gold quilt owned by Joan M.E. Gaither, a...
Tags: Facebook, Museums, Arts, Baltimore County, Washington, DC
There has been a lot of discussion in these pages about a recent statement on religious liberty issued by Maryland's Catholic bishops. Unfortunately, the discussion has ignored most of what the bishops had to say. It has focused almost exclusively on...
Frederick Douglass once said that from his "slave experience" he was able to "elaborate quite a lengthy chapter of political philosophy, applicable to the American people." In addition to his slave experience, the Eastern Shore native elaborated quite a...
Tags: Philosophy, Civil Rights, Frederick Douglass
In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, through his organization, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (later renamed the Association for the Study of African American Life and History), founded and promoted Negro History Week. He selected February...
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