Sankofa: Past is prologue

September 28, 1995|By John Dorsey

A kaleidoscope of African-American arts and crafts from near and far will be on view at the Maryland Historical Society beginning Sunday, when a two-part show opens to the public. "Sankofa," a term from the Akan language spoken in Ghana, means retrieve the past to move forward. It's also the title of one part of the show, containing the nationally known collection of Derrick Joshua Beard, of Atlanta. To complement it, the Historical Society also presents "The Maryland Tradition," a gathering of works from public and private collections across the state, some of which have never been seen in public. The 150 works in the show include paintings, furniture, ceramics, baskets and samplers, and this tailor's doll, made in Carroll County about 1830.

"Sankofa" through Dec. 30 and "The Maryland Tradition" through March 3 at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument St. Hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For information call (410) 685-3750.

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