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Over 25,000 visitors have seen our exhibits at five locations, since November 2006

As the year 2007 closed, we were preparing to leave Banneker-Douglass Museum, after 13 months of exhilarating exhibition programs each month.  Two grand opening celebrations, November 30 and December 2, 2006 had set a high mark.  Monthly exhibit program topics were:  a Quilt Workshop by Dr. Joan Gaither and the Quilters; A Town Hall Meeting featuring two historians from Northern Anne Arundel County:, Irene Butler Hebron and Isabel Shipley Cunningham,;  A “Ladies, Hats and Tea” Day:  a Tribute to local Sports Heroes;  Learning the value of Antiques and Collectibles;  a Genealogy Workshop;  Creative Arts and Quilting Day Camp for Youth;  Singing and Praying Bands (Musical tradition from the motherland});  “Back To School” day;  Artists and Authors Day;  an Old Fashioned Cabaret Gala night; and a closing Service of thanksgiving.  Together with visits, planned and impromptu, and the regular museum visitors, it is estimated that more than 3000 persons saw this exhibition, at Banneker-Douglass Museum.  One community member describes the essence of this exhibit story in a question, “How could these forebears who had no bank accounts, account for so much?”  This exhibition project honors all of them and more.  We must continue to tell their stories, in order to understand and take pride in our own history.

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