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Museum article was dismaying to black community

We in Annapolis community and many African-Americans throughout Maryland were crushed to see inaccurate and misleading facts in the article concerning the African-American Museum to be built in Baltimore.

We have always stated that we welcome a sister museum, however, not at the expense of the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis.

For the record:

Banneker-Douglass is a statewide museum with an extremely high tourist population in historic Annapolis. Recent legislation designated Banneker-Douglass as "the official repository for African-American history and culture for the entire state of Maryland."

It is not an Annapolis museum. It has supporters throughout Maryland and competes for the same private and state funding that the new museum seeks.

The Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture was not created to raise money for the African-American Museum in Baltimore. One of its legislative mandates is to have oversight of the Banneker-Douglass Museum.

In addition, this commission raises funds for the Banneker-Douglass Museum.

It is interesting to see Department of Housing and Community Development officials become excited about a new museum when they have woefully neglected the Banneker-Douglass Museum of resources.

Errol E. Brown Sr., Annapolis

The writer is president of the Banneker-Douglass Museum Foundation Inc.

Arts flourishing in North County

The arts are alive and well in northern Anne Arundel County. Judging from the success of the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts' first fund-raiser in 1999, they will continue to prosper.

More than 100 art supporters enjoyed the second annual Indoor Golf Tournament to benefit the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Linthicum on Jan. 23 at the BWI Comfort Inn.

An evening of miniature golf through the hotel, a silent auction and great food promoted a single purpose -- to ensure that our artists are able to pursue and refine their artistic endeavors.

Congratulations and thanks go to many -- too numerous to mention without fear of inadvertently missing someone. Suffice it to say that the sense of community that drove the organization and those attending the event mean the arts in the northern part of the county will continue to prosper.

Founded in 1997, the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts is to be the major focal point for the arts in northern Anne Arundel and surrounding communities and to provide a broad range of creative experiences through education and culturally diverse programs.

Our next event, "A Celebration of Dance," is Saturday at Glen Burnie High School. For more information about it and future events, contact Wayne Shipley at 410-799-7395.

Bob Nichols, Linthicum

The writer is vice president of the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts.

Considering Lincoln, Clinton and General Moore

Brian Sullam is ill. His column will return next Sunday.

Feb. 12 has a new meaning for me. My thoughts came together that day as my wife, Deanna, and I returned from Arlington Cemetery. We had just witnessed an emotional, beautiful funeral service and a burial ceremony with full military honors for a wonderful soldier.

It hit me as we drove home to Odenton. I turned on the radio, and heard the announcer tell us the Senate had decided to acquit President Bill Clinton on the articles of impeachment.

My first reaction was "Thank goodness, that is over." Then I became more circumspect. The 12th of February, Lincoln's birthday, brought the decision of the Senate to acquit Clinton.

We have read and know a lot about Abraham Lincoln who earned the nickname "Honest Abe."

During the Black Hawk War, he was elected captain of a company of soldiers based on his friendliness, honesty, great strength and sportsmanship in wrestling matches. At the end of the first 30-day term of service, he re-enlisted as a private for 30 days and did this a second time for a total of 90 days during that conflict.

Even after he had been nominated for President, Lincoln said his election as captain of the company was an honor that "gave me more pleasure than I have had since." His honesty, humility, compassion, statesmanship, selflessness and commitment to the nation, not himself, are well-documented.

The great soldier that we buried in Arlington that day was Lt. Gen. James E. Moore, Jr. He died at 67.

He and Joan had been married for nearly 44 years. They had seven wonderful children and 11 grandchildren.

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1954, General Moore served in Germany, Korea, two combat tours in Vietnam, along with several stateside assignments, including two tours in the Pentagon.

I had the honor and pleasure of serving for General Moore when he was a coloniel and again when he had earned his third star as lieutenant general. He became my mentor. He was a soldier's soldier.

Troops respected and admired General Moore because he was honest, fair, compassionate, hard-working, dedicated and lived the philosophy, "Duty, honor, country."

I remember Gen. Colin Powell's remarks at General Moore's retirement ceremony in 1989 at the Presidio in San Francisco.

General Powell reaffirmed our administration and respect for General Moore, whose military awards and decorations included three Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star, three Legion of Merits, numerous other U.S. and foreign awards, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab. He served where he was needed and where the action was most intense.

Now to President Clinton. Our Maryland senators and others who voted to acquit told of his disgraceful, shameless acts.

An article in The Sun on Feb. 15, "Closure after the trial," advises us to move on, to learn from this awful experience. I agree.

Yet for me, Feb. 12th has taken on new meaning as a day to remember the character and actions of three very different men.

Bert L. Rice Odenton

The writer is a former Anne Arundel County councilman.

Pub Date: 2/28/99

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