You have an opportunity to be a part of an organization whose mission is to document, increase understanding of, and foster African American contributions to the history and development of St. Mary’s County while advocating for improvements in health, education, and community building for all citizens of St. Mary’s County.
Thursday, September 1, 2022
"Seventeen Men: Portraits of African American Civil War Soldiers" exhibit by professional artist and illustrator Shayne Davidson.
Open: 3pm to 6pm | Presentation: 4pm
EVENT IS FREE.
This special exhibit highlights the 25th United States Colored Troops (USCT) that served in the Pensacola Bay Area during and immediately after the Civil War. The exhibit features life-sized portraits of seventeen members of the 25th USCT, Company G, which were created by artist Shayne Davidson. The portraits are based on a locket-sized photo album which includes a photo of each man and all but one of their names. The original album is in the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. In addition to the portraits, information about the USCT and all Civil War Soldiers and Sailors from St. Mary’s County who served in the War will be available.
Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions members were saddened to learn of the recent passing at age 93, of Eliza Isabel Waters. We are so grateful to have a recording of her video interview and we are happy to be able to share it here.
UCAC History and Research Committee members interviewed Ms. Waters on October 19, 2016. She was then one of five surviving students of Drayden African American School in Drayden, MD. The school operated from 1890 to 1942 during the era of segregated schooling.
Sidney Roberson, a recipient of the 2022 UCAC $1000 scholarship, is a graduate of Leonardtown High School who plans to attend North Carolina Central University to become a teacher.
Nakiyah Brooks, a recipient of the 2022 UCAC $500 scholarship, is a graduate of Great Mills High School who plans to attend North Carolina A&T to become a pediatric nurse.
Mike Brown, Juneteenth Chairman presented Dr. Brewster the UCAC President’s Award for the doctors work and the health department staff
in protecting the St. Mary's County citizens for the past 2 years from Covid 19.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2 – 19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.
Organizations around St. Mary's County created Bitmoji classrooms* to showcase local history resources and to encourage more visitation from our schools and community. Content aligns with 4th and 5th grade curriculum, but the Bitmoji pages have resources for students of all ages!
*A Bitmoji classroom is a virtual classroom where educators can deliver content to students in a fun and engaging way.
UCAC & NAACP volunteers worked with the Museum Division to develop sections on Drayden School, the UCAC monuments.
For more information, contact:
Adrianne” Dillahunt, Equity Assurance Coordinator for SMCPS
Also, learn more about Elmer Brown Freedom Park
Marked 21 Historic Sites of African American in St. Mary's began in 1934.
Logged 175+ Oral Histories of African American life in St. Mary's County.
Created an Online Depository for African American Experiences.
Host the Annual African American Heritage Celebration Family Event in St. Mary's County.
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