Maryland's African-American tradition

January 25, 1996|By Linell Smith

The Maryland Historical Society has planned a day of events and a concert series to complement its exhibition "Sankofa & The Maryland Tradition."

The Society will be host to an afternoon of music, storytelling and crafts demonstrations dedicated to the creative history of African-Americans in Maryland from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Events include Camay Calloway Murphy, Cab Calloway's daughter, reading "Can A Coal Scuttle Fly?" -- a children's book about Baltimore African-American artist Tom Miller -- and a dramatic portrayal of Maryland-born abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Mini-workshops include doll-making, silversmithing, pottery-making, genealogy and sampler-making. Admission to the festival is $5 for the general public.

The Society will also present three concerts of choral music performed by the Voices of Heaven 600 Choir. Along with the music, narrator Rex Ellis will trace the history of African-American sacred music from its African roots to contemporary gospel music.

The concerts, which all begin at 8 p.m., are: "I'm A-Gonna Trust in the Lord," the journey from slavery to freedom, on Feb. 3; "My Soul Looks Back in Wonder," the birth of gospel music, on March 2; and "Blessed Assurance," the power of contemporary gospel music set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, on a date to be announced.

Tickets to each concert are $10 for the general public and $25 for the series. Reservations are recommended for the Sankofa family day and for the concerts. For details, call (410) 685-3750, Ext. 372.

The Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and students and free to children under 12.

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