Black Life In The 1900s

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May 06, 1991

Everyday life during the early 1900s for black Annapolitans can be viewed at the Banneker-Douglas Museum, 84 Franklin St., and the Shiplap House, 18 Pinkney St., both in Annapolis.

The Banneker-Douglas exhibit runs through June 29; the Shiplap display starts May 15 and runs through Oct. 31.

Both exhibits are sponsored by the Department of Housing and Community Development's Commission on Afro-American History and Culture, the Historic Annapolis Foundation, and the University of Maryland at College Park's Department of Anthropology.

The exhibition will show findings from two black neighborhoods in Annapolis -- the intersection at Franklin and Cathedral streets and the Gott's Court area.

With photographs and maps of the period providing the context, the exhibit features a sampling of the artifacts owned and used by black residents living in those two neighborhoods during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Kitchen utensils, nails, pottery and bottle fragments will be on display. Artifacts from the Benjamin Banneker homesite in Crownsville will also be shown.

An integral part of the exhibit is an oral history that was collected.

Information: 974-2893.


Anne Arundel County residents of Scottishheritage, or those who enjoy Scottish lore and culture, will be interested to learn that the 29th annual Colonial Highland Gathering takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 18, at Fair Hill, four miles west of Newark, Del., on Route 273.

The day will feature traditional athletic events such as tossing the caber or throwing the hammer, Highland dancing, sheep dog demonstrations and continuous entertainment.

Admission is $8 for adults and $2 for children 6 to 12. Children under 6 are admitted free. Free parking is also available.

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